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Scotland: New energy efficiency rules for commercial properties

 

Owners of commercial properties in Scotland with floor areas over 1000 sqm must now identify energy efficiency opportunities for their properties before they can be leased or sold, according to new regulations.

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into force on 1 September 2016.

These new requirements are in addition to providing a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

When a property in this category is to be sold or leased, the owner must produce an Action Plan.

Action Plans should include improvement targets for the building’s energy and carbon performance, as well as measures to meet those targets.

Seven main energy efficiency measures are eligible under the scheme:

  • Upgrading lighting controls

  • Upgrading heating controls

  • Upgrading low energy lighting

  • Replacing a boiler over 15 years old

  • Installing an insulation jacket to a hot water tank

  • Installing insulation in an accessible roof space

  • Installing draught stripping to doors and windows

Following the creation of the Action Plan, the owner can choose to either make the improvements within a 42 month compliance period or, provided the action plan states that operational rating measures are to be implemented, defer the improvements by using a display energy certificate to report annually on operational energy ratings (the energy consumption associated with the use of the property).

Once improvements have been carried out, the owner must arrange for an Energy Performance Certificate to be issued alongside a document that confirms the completion of the measures.

They must also provide a copy of the plan to the buyer or tenant free of charge.

Some categories of buildings and transactions are exempt, but many commercial building owners are said to be unprepared for the new rules.

 

How Envantage can help

Are you looking for an effective way to comply with the new regulations, or have questions about the rules?

Envantage has extensive experience with regulatory compliance, energy action plans, efficiency measures, and Energy Performance Certificates.

Speak to one of our consultants today for advice, by calling Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or emailing savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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Top Safety Accreditation for Envantage Ltd

 

Manchester-based Envantage Ltd has been awarded continued accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Operating throughout the UK, Envantage helps organisations to manage their energy and carbon reduction more effectively through a comprehensive portfolio of services. The company’s clients include major players such as JD Williams, McBride and Arnold Clark as well as many well-known local companies and industries across the country.

The company’s on-going Safecontractor accreditation is driven by dedication to a uniform standard across the business.

“We are known for our high quality work, in areas such as Climate Change Agreements, energy compensation schemes for industry, energy audits, and M&T” noted Colin Hindmarsh, Managing Director at Envantage.

“Our Safecontractor accreditation shows that this quality also extends to our approach to health and safety”.

Safecontractor enhances the company’s ability to support high profile clients as well as win new contracts. Its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

The scheme is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors or consultants who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Envantage has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme.


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UK carbon footprint rose 3% – Did yours?

 

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions caused by UK consumption increased slightly between 2012-2013, according to official figures published by Defra earlier this month.

Although these emissions have reduced by 19% since their peak in 2007, the 2013 rise of 3% may reflect a new upwards trend following a 2% increase the year prior.

A government spokesperson said: “Tackling climate change is a priority and it is essential in ensuring economic prosperity and security for our country. The fifth carbon budget will help us meet the UK’s legally binding target of an at least 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

UK companies increasingly demonstrate their own commitment to carbon reduction by quantifying their GHG emissions, in order to meet consumer, investor and supplier expectations.

Tools include Carbon Footprints to ISO 14064 standard, and participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The UK-wide carbon footprint data covers total greenhouse gas emissions, which includes carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and fluorinated compounds. These statistics also differ from domestic emissions data by accounting for emissions that occur during the consumption of goods and services, including foreign manufacture of imports.

Imports are believed to be the main cause of the recent increase of the national figures.

 

How Envantage can help

Is your company’s carbon footprint growing? If it is shrinking, are you telling your customers and stakeholders about it?

Work with Envantage to quantify and report on your Greenhouse Gas inventories with enhanced integrity, credibility and consistency.

Our experienced consultants can help you achieve ISO 14064 verification, carbon abatement strategies, Carbon Disclosure Projects carried out on a global scale – and more.

To get started and learn more, please call Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or email savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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Join Envantage at ISO50001 UK 2016

Join Envantage and 300 senior management delegates at the ISO50001 UK 2016 event, on 29 September at the NEC in Birmingham.

This unique event will highlight the benefits and challenges to UK companies who are now looking to transition to the ISO 50001 international standard for energy management systems, but have yet to make the journey.

It could be the right step for your business too.

Come and visit us at stand 17. We offer a cost-effective ‘one-stop shop’ for ISO 50001 implementation, from Energy Awareness Training to the bespoke Monitoring & Targeting solution ENMAT.

We have also achieved ISO 50001 certification for our own company.

 
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Add event to your calendar

 

Delegates from a wide range of sectors will attend, to meet experts like Envantage and listen to industry leaders discussing important issues such as audit & accreditation, measurement & verification, and return on investment.

Two international British based manufacturing firms who have very recently been ISO50001 certified will also share their insights.

Benefits of ISO 50001 include reduced energy use, boosted green credentials and a route of compliance for ESOS.

Please note that Early Bird booking ends 31 August.


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Over £400k/yr relief now claimed for some manufacturing clients

Claim RO and FIT Compensation with Envantage
 

Envantage has successfully claimed back as much as £440,000 for some clients on annual electricity costs, via the UK government’s relief for electricity intensive manufacturers.

Eligible businesses can save approximately 1.7p/kWh with RO and FIT compensation alone.

The relief is designed to protect the international competitiveness of UK industry, by discounting extra charges on energy bills that are related to the government’s carbon emissions targets.

“It is clear that the financial benefit can be among the most substantial in energy and carbon management at present,” noted Colin Hindmarsh, Managing Director of Envantage Ltd.

If you are eligible you should therefore make the most of this opportunity.

 

Two key facts about compensation

Firstly, RO & FIT compensation now cannot be backdated. This means that you lose out while you delay to claim.

Manufacturers should therefore find out immediately if they qualify. Envantage welcomes enquiries, and will help you identify what relief you are entitled to.

Secondly, you will need resources and expertise to submit a successful claim and comply with the reporting requirements.

Speak to Envantage today to find out how much our effective services will save you. Many manufacturers find that they are unable to act swiftly on their own, due to delays and costs when developing necessary in-house skills and tools.

 

How Envantage can help

We already assist manufacturing clients to obtain an average of over £200,000 per year, using our extensive experience with evidential data and energy reporting – and over £400,000 per year in individual circumstances, as reported above.

Additional benefits of working with our dedicated team include the assurance of complete evidence packs, audit services, and ongoing support.

To get started, and take your first step towards securing your RO and FIT compensation, please call Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or email savings@envantage.co.uk.

 
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ISO 50001 under revision after 5 successful years

The ISO 50001 standard for Energy management systems, which has proven valuable since its introduction five years ago, is now under review to ensure it remains a useful tool.

By the end of 2014 nearly 7,000 organisations had certified to the new standard.

ISO 50001 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. The framework helps organisations to achieve continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency.

In June 2016, experts from nearly 30 countries met in Stockholm to discuss and advance the revision work, to ensure ISO 50001 remains suitable for all types of businesses and organisations around the world.

An international conference on the implementation of ISO 50001 was also held in conjunction. The event was an opportunity to learn from success stories, such as how 70% of Sweden’s industrial energy is covered by ISO 50001.

 

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage has extensive experience with effective energy management for industries and businesses, including ISO 50001 certification.

To discuss what ISO 50001 would mean for your organisation, speak to our team today.

 
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ESOS compliance audits and enforcement underway

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Compliance audits have now been scheduled to ensure that participants of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) have met all scheme requirements.

Meanwhile, organisations who have yet to comply with ESOS can expect a framework of escalating enforcement response.
 

Audits

“Participants should be prepared for audit and ensure that they keep and maintain evidence to show how they have complied with the scheme,” says the Environment Agency’s latest update.

The next set of ESOS compliance audits will be carried out from August 2016 – March 2017.

Initial audits were carried out by external contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency in early 2016, in order to identify key risk areas for mistakes.

While none of the participants failed the audit, 65% passed only with remedial actions. Most errors were made in relation to organisational structure, but areas such as cost benefit analysis and energy profiling also required remedial action.

 

Enforcement

Organisations who have not yet complied with ESOS can expect to hear from the Environment Agency’s dedicated ESOS Enforcement Team, whose enforcement process is underway since April 2016.

The latest figures show that over 1,500 organisations who are required to participate have still not made any submission.

Compliance notices have already been served to those deemed to be at the highest risk.

All non-compliant organisations can expect to be contacted, as part of an escalating enforcement strategy that can ultimately result in civil penalties.

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage helps organisations comply with ESOS and minimise any potential fines.

Our experienced team of approved ESOS lead assessors and Chartered Energy Managers will deliver your ESOS compliance with added value and full support. Find out how our clients have rated our ESOS services.

To start your compliance process, contact our team today.

 
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Envantage at TELCA Awards 2016 – Energy Management Champion nomination

Energy and carbon consultancy Envantage are proud to have been nominated for a TELCA Award, in the Energy Management Champion category.

The Envantage team celebrated with the rest of the energy industry at the award ceremony held on 30 June at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.

Now in their fourth year running, the prestigious TELCA awards promote excellence in the energy sector.

Being shortlisted for the Energy Management Champion award reflects Envantage’s comprehensive range of energy management services, offered alongside compliance, carbon and water management, procurement, and administration of energy discount schemes for manufacturers.

The TELCA Awards 2016 shortlist and winners can be viewed here. Envantage would like to congratulate all nominated businesses, and the winners of each category.

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage’s energy management services include the three essential foundations, with support from our experienced Chartered Energy Managers:
energy management systems (ISO 50001)
staff awareness training
monitoring and targeting

To get started, contact us today.

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Brexit impact on energy and carbon management

Brexit Envantage update

The UK has voted to exit the European Union in the referendum held on 23 June 2016.

Businesses and industries will now need to adapt their energy and carbon management to reflect future changes to energy markets, regulations and incentives.

Once the UK invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal legal process of leaving the EU will begin and give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal.

This period of negotiation will clarify the nature of the UK-EU relationship after Brexit, and future energy and carbon costs and opportunities.

Envantage is on hand to help UK companies navigate this period of change.

Although these are early days, the following developments are considered likely:

 

Energy procurement

We are currently seeing stable electricity and gas prices on the back of well supplied systems.

However, future rates are likely to be volatile due to uncertainties in the sterling and the potential for the increased cost of gas imports. Longer term, the UK will continue to be influenced by the global energy market. Brexit may affect investor uncertainty and funding availability, with consequences for energy security and investment in generation capacity and the grid.

The Envantage procurement team can help you access the best supply contracts for your business moving forward.

 

The CRC scheme, the CCL and Climate Change Agreements (CCAs)

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Levy (CCL) are both the UK Government’s own schemes, and it is generally considered that these are unlikely to change.

The 2016 Budget announced that the CRC scheme will end April 2019 and the CCL will see a substantial step increase at that point, with Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) kept in place until at least 2023 offering higher CCL discounts to ensure that energy intensive industries remain protected.

 

ESOS

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s implementation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Regardless of Brexit, it is expected that the format of ESOS will change in future, with the Government announcing plans in the Budget 2016 to simplify and combine the range of existing energy reporting schemes.

 

EU ETS

Companies participating in the EU ETS may face complications such as the validity of allowances when the UK leaves the EU.

However there is cause to believe that some form of similar emissions trading scheme will continue after Brexit, particularly as the UK already has national implementation measures and compensation schemes in place.

 

Renewables incentives

EU legislation has contributed to an increase in renewable generation in the UK. However the UK government has its own legally binding carbon emissions targets to meet, and ministers have reiterated the UK’s position as a leader in the low-carbon movement post Brexit. It is therefore difficult to comment on what changes lie ahead the support of green generation.

 

How Envantage can help

Envantage provides specialist energy and carbon management services to businesses and industries across the UK.

Please contact our team today to discuss how Brexit will affect your costs, procurement, regulatory compliance and cost-saving opportunities.

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Energy Event 2016


 

Envantage will be exhibiting at the Energy Event 2016 on 13-14th September at the NEC in Birmingham, the largest UK show dedicated to energy procurement and management.

Come and visit our stand C30, straight ahead of the visitor entrances:


 

The Energy Event is Europe’s leading and most comprehensive energy procurement and management event and is co-located with RWM, The Water Event and The Renewables Event.

Join Envantage and 7,000+ visitors to keep up-to-date with industry developments, network and secure better procurement, management or energy efficiency solutions.

Add the Energy Event to your outlook calendar

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