Green energy is a complex area where, if you are looking to demonstrate your commitment to action against the environmental challenges laid out to us all, there are a range of options that you can or need to undertake on a small scale, phased scale or large scale basis to enhance your green credentials and align yourself to directives in this area.
You may feel that Being Green is about making an extra effort, a big commitment and having to pay additional costs – this is a common idea. This isn’t necessary true – a contribution may not involve any capital outlay at all, in fact it may save you money and increase profits through the benefits of going green. Green energy actually makes sense for every business.
One of the easiest, cost effective and simplest methods to begin with would be the purchasing of green energy.
Buying green energy can help you to:
|Show your commitment to the environment and enhance your brand image|
|Build relationships with customers who share the same values as you|
Areas in which EMW can help and advise you are:-
ESOS is an energy assessment scheme as part of the EU Energy Efficiency directive. It is mandatory for organisations that meet the criteria. For those that do, an ESOS assessment needs to be carried out every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost effective energy saving measures.
Organisations must then notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. This deadline is the 5th December 2015 - With each assessment being made 4 years thereafter. Failure to do so may lead to civil penalties, including fines.
Those organisations that qualify fall under one of these parameters:-
However, there are other ways to achieve compliance. If we make sure that your business covers 90% of your energy consumption, you can use a mix of approaches via ISO50001, DEC’s and/or GDA’s.
What help you may need from EMW:
|Initial analysis for identification of potential requirements and to determine whether any work has already been undertaken that may contribute to compliance.|
|Providing a EMW accredited and registry approved lead assessor to perform, monitor or review the energy audits and the overall ESOS assessment.|
|To develop a cost and benefit strategy including pay back periods and suitability of any other potential energy-saving opportunities.|
|Providing and updating an evidence pack to support the audits. Primarily in their findings and recommendations.|
|Building a business case for investment in energy efficiency opportunities, including funding and practicality.|
This is a mandatory government climate change and energy saving scheme ran by the environment agency. Its goal is to reduce energy used at large organisations in the public and private sector. It encourages these organisations to develop energy management strategies and ensure an in-house staff awareness program to better understand energy usage. There are a range of financial, reputational and behavioural drivers to encourage you to give this your full attention.
Private and Public organisations that qualify for this mandatory action will fall into one or more of the following three categories:-
Phase 2 started on 14th November 2013. The deadline for the registration was the 31st January 2014. Registration dates for phase 3 are yet to be agreed.
If you qualify for CRC, you should have registered by the deadline. Late registration could see you receive a fine of £5000 with further fines of £500 per working day until the registration is complete. The daily fine can only be imposed up to a maximum of 80 working days.
What help you may need from EMW Energy:
|Initial assessment to identify whether you fall under the CRC Scheme and advice.|
|Assistance with registering with the Environment agency at the start of the phase and whole phase.|
|To collate appropriate information about your energy supplies.|
|Submit reporting about your energy supplies within the correct working framework.|
|Assistance to buy and surrender allowances equal to the CO2 emissions you generate.|
|Converse with the Environment Agency regarding any changes to your organisation that could affect your registration.|
|Sustained guidance throughout the CRC process.|
|Keep updated records about your energy supplies and organisation within an evidence pack.|
CCA’s are voluntary agreements that allow qualifying energy-intensive sectors to receive up to 90% reduction in their CCL charge (Climate Change Levy) – A government environment tax. Currently at 0.541 p/kwh it can cost you thousands of pounds annually on top of your overall energy costs. For example a business that uses 1,000,000 kwh will spend £5410 per annum on this charge alone.
To achieve the reduction you will need to sign up to stretching energy efficiency targets set by government.
A total of 53 industrial sectors across more than 9,000 sites have signed up to these targets. These apply to participating sectors from 2013 to 2020, with the scheme running until 2023.
EMW can assist you with this process as part of our consultancy services, however, of those businesses not wishing to partake in this scheme we have other options to help you reduce your CCL costs and become more energy efficient. One of our options include 100% renewable energy (link) procurement, which is CCL exempt, certificated and gives opportunity for ‘green’ promotion.
This was launched in 2005. The EU ETS methodology is based on ‘Cap and Trade’, meaning that there is a cap on the total amount of certain emissions that factories, power plants and other installations can emit. Each company has an emissions allowance.
Operators are required to ensure that they have enough allowances to cover their emissions on an annual basis. They have the flexibility to purchase additional allowances (In addition to their free allocation), or to sell any surplus allowances generated from reducing their emissions.
Companies ignoring the potential impact of the scheme will almost certainly incur additional energy costs.
EMW can help you. Please contact us and we will discuss further with you on how we can support you onto this scheme and during it. Including:
Key Facts - What it covers - How allowances are allocated - Ensuring Compliance - How & where trading is done – Our approach and strategies
Renewable energy is normally defined as energy that comes from natural resources which are replenished the same. Sources are Sunlight, Wind, Rain, Tides, Waves and Geothermal Heat. Processes are Energy Turbines (Wind), Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Heat Pumps (Geothermal), Micro Hydro (Tides, Waves), Solar PV (Sunlight) and Solar Thermal. Renewable energy replaces conventional fuels in four key areas: Electricity Generation, Hot Water/Space Heating, Motor Fuels and Rural (Off-grid) energy services.
All energy suppliers in the UK need to have a % of their supply portfolio generated from renewable sources. We tap into this for 100% renewable procurement as described above. So clients are purchasing their energy from 100% green sourced energy.
However it is essential for those businesses that are studying renewable options to ensure they are properly assessed so we can match their needs to our product options accordingly. Should they wish to install renewable technologies we have strategic partners that will help us deliver this to the client. This is because the potential opportunities of lower cost and enhanced credentials will only be achieved if properly planned and installed in correct locations.
At EMW we take a 5 step approach to this, as follows:-
From October 2013 all UK-based companies listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, (or in a European Economic Area, or admitted to dealing on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ) will have to annually report on the impact of their business on the environment, their employee gender at all levels and social issues. These new regulations will also require them to report on their GGE (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) or more commonly known as carbon emissions. This is done through the annual director’s report.
The current regulations will only apply to over 1,100 listed companies however there are plans in place to extend this in 2016 to all large companies. This could see a greater impact of the regulations, involving as many as 24,000 companies.
This will mean that organisations at board level will have to pay a lot more attention to their carbon footprint. Which also provides opportunity if done well. This is because the footprint will also provide new metrics, allowing for investors to assess company performance, efficiency and competitiveness.
What help you may need from EMW:
|Initial assessment to identify whether you fall under the Carbon Reporting scheme.|
|To ensure that your business carbon and sustainability reporting is line with regulation and company objectives.|
|To provide guidance of the accepted methods of reporting to ensure transparency and effective emissions management, in line with regulation requirements and covering key criteria.|
|Repetitive data reporting actions year on year, per scheme requirement.|
|Creating a wider opportunity of business benefits through measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions. EMW can identify potential cost reduction and revenue generation opportunities as well as reputation enhancement and risk management.|
The implementation of the EPBD is the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government supported by DEFRA & DECC. There are two regulations for public companies within their control. These are:-
DEC (Display Energy Certificates)
EPC (Energy Performance Certificates)
Display Energy Certificates:
Applies to Public Authority buildings of more than 500m2 – those frequently visited by the public.
DEC’s are designed to raise public awareness of energy usage, inform them of the amount of energy being used and the performance of the building.
Energy Performance Certificates:
Energy performance certificates are required whenever a building is built, sold or rented. It applies to both Domestic and Commercial dwellings, although there are some that are exempted. It applies to those buildings that are 50m2 or greater.
All non-dwelling EPCs must be carried out by, or under the direct supervision of, a trained non-domestic energy assessor.
There are three levels of building, Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5. The complexity and the services used by that building will determine which level it falls under. They are as follows:
Level 3 = Small buildings, with heating systems less than 100kW and cooling systems less than 12kW
Level 4 = purpose built buildings, with heating systems greater than 100kW and cooling systems greater than 12kW
Level 5 = Larger buildings that are complex in shape
A Commercial Energy Assessor must be qualified to the level of the building to carry out the inspection
From October 2008 all buildings including factories, offices, retail premises and public sector buildings - must have an EPC whenever the building is sold, built or rented. Public buildings in England and Wales also require a Display Energy Certificate showing actual energy use, and not just the theoretical energy rating.
What help you may need from EMW Energy:
|For areas outside of our core remit we have developed significant partnerships with leading firms in the UK. These accredited firms (by government bodies and EMW) have been carefully selected and are experts in their fields. This ensures that our clients are receiving the highest possible standards end to end in line with our award winning services, whether it will be a joined up project campaign or on an individual scheme. If you need assistance with the EPBD, you can trust us to put you in touch with the right people.|
The Green Deal is the Governments flagship policy within the energy sector. It launched early in 2013, and enables you to invest into energy efficiency products via a financial mechanism that covers the upfront costs to your business. The funds being paid back through savings in energy bills.
The mix of firms involved in this process has to be Green Deal Approved and comply with the green deal code of practice. Theses separate firms are assessors, providers and installers. The typical process is as follows:-
Step 1: The energy assessor will review the business on an impartial basis and provide recommendations in terms of what areas can be addressed.
Step 2: The provider will arrange quotes, provide finance and will arrange installation
Step 3: The improvements are installed via the installer.
You then pay the provider back over time through energy savings.
What help you may need from EMW:
|For areas outside of our core remit we have developed significant partnerships with leading firms in the UK. These accredited firms (by government bodies and EMW) have been carefully selected and are experts in their fields. This ensures that our clients are receiving the highest possible standards end to end in line with our award winning services, whether it will be a joined up project campaign or on an individual specialism. If you need assistance with a GDA, you can trust us to put you in touch with the right people.|
ISO stands for International Organisation for Standardisation. It is an opportunity you to be accredited to this international standard. ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001.
The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable a business to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption. The standard aims to help businesses continually reduce their energy use, and therefore their energy costs and their carbon emissions (Greenhouse Gas).
It provides a framework of requirements for organisations to:
|Develop a policy for in-house energy efficiency|
|Set targets & objectives aligned with the policy|
|Analyse usage data to better understand and make commercial decisions about energy use|
|Measure and monitor the results|
|Review how why the policy is working|
|Provide on-going encouragement into improve energy management|
ISO certification is possible but not mandatory. Some businesses decide to implement the standard solely for the benefits it provides. Others decide to get accredited to it in order to show external parties they have put in place an energy management system. ISO does not perform certification.
From April 2018 it will be illegal to let out a building that falls below the minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E.
This has been born from regulations under the Energy Act 2011, however, regulations under-pinning this act are not yet in place. This being said, such is the implication of this act for the industry, even before it has come into force many organisations are takings measures to improve the buildings that they own or manage.
Secondary legislation will determine the precise level of fines.
Trading standards officers will enforce the rules for commercial properties.
This is a serious situation for commercial landlords. Marketability of effected properties would be impossible until upgrades are carried out to meet minimum standards set out in this legislation. It is estimated that 20% of non-domestic property could be in the F & G rated bracket. Also the energy rating of the premises may reflect in its value.
If this is a concern and you feel that one or more of your premises may potentially fail this legislation then please contact us straight away.
|We will organise for the property to have an EPC Assessment to determine it’s rating.|
|If the rating is F or G (or at risk of falling into this category) we will formulate an energy efficiency plan. To include cost assessment through to benefits of improving efficiency and weighing these up against your market options and lease re-gear.|
|We will execute the plan if agreed.|
|Provide you with the relevant reports and ratings for compliance and marketing.|
Advice on the legislation and updates. Asset implications.
Energy assessment to determine risk and improvement across your portfolio and individual assets.
Provide a tailored Risk Management and Energy Efficiency Plan
Procure, Negotiate and manage improvement and cost reduction work.