What we do
Independent Energy & Environmental Consultancy.
LGE provide impartial advice on Energy Management,
Audit Evidence Packs and full CCA, CRC, and ESOS compliance management.
Head of Consultancy, Raymond Yeng BEng (Hons) MBA CEng MIMechE CMVP
Approved ESOS Lead Assessor
Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)
A new mandatory energy audit scheme:
“Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), requires all Member States to introduce a regime of regular energy audits for ‘large enterprises’ (non-SMEs) to promote the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. These audits must be undertaken by 5 December 2015, and then every four years thereafter.”
You are likely to be in scope of ESOS if, on the qualification date (31 December 2014 for the first phase of ESOS), you are:
1. An undertaking which has 250 or more employees in the UK.
2. An undertaking which has fewer than 250 employees, but has:
- an annual turnover exceeding £42.5m and
- a balance sheet exceeding £36.5m.
3. Part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking which meets criteria (1) or (2) above.
If your business meets the criteria, then it’s essential that an approved lead assessor carries out an Article 8 compliant ESOS audit to make energy saving recommendations. The Environment Agency has confirmed that members of the Energy Institute’s Register of Professional Energy Consultants (RPEC) are eligible to conduct energy audits for organisations looking to comply with ESOS.
There are a number of ways that LGE can help you with ESOS, contact us today to find out how we are helping organisations achieve ESOS compliance through the most effective and efficient route.
Climate Change Agreements (CCAs)
Climate change agreements (CCAs) are voluntary agreements containing targets for eligible industry sectors to increase energy efficiency or reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Operators who hold a CCA are eligible to claim a discount to the Climate Change Levy (CCL) charged on their energy bills. The new scheme started on 1 April 2013 when participants can start claiming their CCL discount at the revised rate of 90% for electricity and 65% for other fuels.
CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme started in April 2010. It’s designed to encourage large public and private sector organisations to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through energy efficiency. Phase 1 of the scheme ran from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2014.
Phase 2 will start on 1 April 2014. Organisations will qualify for Phase 2 between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 if:
they have at least one settled half hourly electricity meter and more than 6000 megawatt hours (MWh) of qualifying electricity supplied on the settled half hourly market.
If your organisation meets these criteria you must register for Phase 2 of the scheme between 4 November 2013 and 31 January 2014. Some public bodies must participate in CRC no matter how much electricity they consume. These are known as mandated participants.
‘LGE can advise on, provide annual reporting, audit evidence pack and provide full CRC compliance management'
Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPCs / DECs)
The Buildings Energy Performance Directive1 (EPBD) was approved on 16 December 2002 and brought into force on 4 January 2003.
The principal objective of the Directive is to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the EU through cost-effective measures.
There are four main aspects to the EPBD:
- Establishment of a calculation methodology: Member States must implement a methodology for the calculation of the energy performance of buildings, taking account of all factors that influence energy use;
- Minimum energy performance requirements: there must be regulations that set minimum energy performance requirements for new buildings and for large existing buildings when they are refurbished;
- Energy performance certificate (EPC): there must be an energy performance certificate made available whenever buildings are constructed, sold or rented out;
- Inspections of boilers and air-conditioning: there must be regulations to require inspections of boilers and heating systems (or an alternative system of providing advice as discussed below), and inspection of air conditioning systems.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible for making sure buildings in the UK meet the standards required by the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Energy Management & Reduction
- Energy Policy & Strategy
- Security of Supply Options Analysis
- Strategic Reviews
- Feasibility Studies
- Monitoring & Targeting
- ISO50001 Implementation
- Energy Management Training
- Staff Awareness Training.
- Staff Attitude Surveys
- Behavioural Change Programmes
- Carbon Management Programme.
- Energy Treasure Hunt
Mandatory Carbon Emissions Reporting (MCR)
from 1 October 2013, all UK quoted companies must report on their greenhouse gas emissions as part of their annual Directors’ Report.
That requirement affects all UK incorporated companies listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, a European Economic Area market or whose shares are dealing on the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ.
The government encourages all other companies to report similarly, although this remains voluntary.
‘LGE can advise on, provide reports, audit MCR and provide full MCR data process and reporting service