Sending out an ESOS
Energy saving begins at home but if carbon emissions are to be cut and climate change is to be averted then it can’t stay there. Large commercial and industrial organisations account for a majority of energy use in the UK and identifying the potential savings for these companies can be tough.
This is why the UK government has instituted the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) that targets big organisations and requires them, by law, to evaluate their energy use and find ways to reduce it. In many cases companies complying with their ESOS obligations will be poised to discover that insulating pipework is one of the simplest and most cost effective energy saving measures available to them.
At the heart of ESOS is the need to conduct an energy audit. This looks at all of the current areas of energy use and provides senior management with the overview they need to assess how further investments could yield major energy savings – resulting in a ‘win-win’ scenario for the company and for the environment.
In many large organisations, particularly those with an industrial or manufacturing side, energy loss from pipework is likely to feature heavily in the audit. When this is the case an organisation will want to look at this whole area in more detail.
TipCheck, a thorough pipe insulation auditing scheme run by the EIIF, is the best next step for any organisation that conducts an energy audit and finds that they could save energy by improving the levels of insulation on their pipework. Only accredited assessors can carry out a TipCheck with the EIIF keeping a Europe-wide register of assessors.
ESOS assured with EN ISO 50001
EN ISO 50001 is a standard for energy management systems that includes a requirement for carrying out ongoing audits and evaluation of the energy use within a company. Because of this there is an incredible synergy between EN ISO 50001 and ESOS and the UK government recognises EN ISO 50001 certification as an alternative route to ESOS compliance.
Since EN ISO 50001 is part of the same ‘family’ of standards as EN ISO 9001 and EN ISO 14001 many organisations already following the disciplines of continual improvement needed to comply, making EN ISO 50001 a logical and easy extension. This means that certification against EN ISO 50001 is likely to be the best option for demonstrating ESOS compliance many companies in the UK.
Kaimann is not yet obliged to comply with ESOS but we are already EN ISO 50001 certified. Operating a certified energy management system not only means that we exceed the minimum level required by law, it also has additional benefits and helps Kaimann to better understand and control our energy use.