A new guide has been published to help large companies comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and gain value from following the recommendations from energy audits.
Produced by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA), the guide is targeted at organisations that have to comply with ESOS and do not already have energy saving measures in place.
Under ESOS, all large organisations in the UK must conduct a full energy audit of their operations every four years, with the first deadline having passed earlier this year.
According to the Carbon Trust, participating companies could save an average of 20 per cent on their energy bills by implementing the measures identified through their audits.
The new guide outlines the basic principles of compliance and discusses the value organisations can obtain from following through with recommended energy efficiency actions instead of treating it as a ‘tick box exercise’.
BRE urges companies not to see the scheme as a cost or burden, but as an opportunity to reduce risks and improve efficiency and profitability by implementing simple improvements.
Andy Lewry, principal consultant at BRE’s Sustainable Energy Team, said: “The business and financial value that energy efficiency delivers is considerable.
“ESOS compliance should therefore not be seen as a tick box exercise but rather a great opportunity to harness and optimise that return on investment.”
Robin Hale, director at ESTA, added: “Implementation will mean better control and management of energy consumption, which is when businesses can then see the real benefits - not only in terms of profitability but also environmentally and socially.”
The government has previously published its own guide to help participating businesses act on ESOS audit findings.
A separate government guide for smaller businesses falling outside the remit of ESOS is available here.