It's Your ESOS, Your Opportunity: What Did You Do, and What Next?

Paul Taylor
There’s a major opportunity to achieve much more than you might do by merely complying with Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Have you seen the headlines that only 80 percent of the organisations expected to participate in ESOS have done so? If your organisation was one of those that have participated, the most important question to ask is what you did.

How you approached ESOS, what advice you received, the decisions you made, and importantly, the outcomes of all this activity and investment: this is what matters. Good outcomes aren't just about energy efficiency. Whilst ESOS is a government regulation developed from the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, as long as you comply with its requirements, you can also use it to contribute to a wider strategy for your organisation.

...ESOS is a government regulation developed from the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, as long as you comply with its requirements, you can also use it to contribute to a wider strategy for your organisation.

Look at ESOS through the lens of sustainability and operational excellence strategy, so that ESOS takes care of itself, rather than becoming a separate exercise and cost; energy prices are currently lower again some might argue, and there are more important areas to spend management time on such as other larger costs, and safety for example. We can’t disagree, because the safety and wellbeing of workers is paramount in any organisation, and sustainability and operational excellence are not mutually exclusive – in fact the positive outcomes from these are closely connected.

Transportation: improving the safety of your fleet and improving its fuel efficiency are both outcomes that recommendations from a good transport energy audit can help to realise. The use of telematics can help educate drivers and fleet owners to improve safety and time management as well as reducing fuel consumption. More modern vehicle fleets can be safer as well as reducing environmental impact.

Building performance: on average 80-90 percent of organisational operational costs are attributable to staff. Improve the wellbeing and increase the productivity of your workers for improved operational performance. Often a poor indoor environment is the result of badly controlled and maintained building services plant and this often also means the inefficient use of energy. Poor, inefficient lighting is also a problem. Improve the operation of building plant and provide better lighting for a positive outcome on workers wellbeing and productivity to get the best out of your most important assets – your people.

Your strategy should link the compliance needs of ESOS to desired outcomes for your organisation on a broader sustainability footing; economic, social, and environmental.

Did you get the best out of your ESOS opportunity?

  • Did you get the best out of the regulation, investing time and resource to achieve an outcome that will pay for itself, or did you do the minimum to comply, with little value to be realised?
  • Do you now have a set of useful implementable recommendations with good well structured, attractive business cases?
  • Do you have a plan to take this forward?

What could you be doing?

Now consider that we are already in ESOS compliance period 2 (from 6th December 2015 to 5th December 2019), and if you are confident that your organisation will still meet the ESOS criteria by the qualification date of 31st December 2018, you can already start to take timely and considered action towards this new compliance period. What would you do differently?

  • Better quality approach for material outcomes?
  • Different focus to realise savings and improvement elsewhere?
  • Strategy linked to other needs of your business – wider sustainability agenda, wellbeing, operational excellence?
  • Can you make your buildings more efficient and also better places to work?
  • Was ESOS all about buildings last time; what about looking at your transport energy, rather than placing it into the de minimis again?

Your strategy should link the compliance needs of ESOS to desired outcomes for your organisation on a broader sustainability footing; economic, social, and environmental. Reduce your costs, look after your people, and reduce your impact on the environment.

With a joined up strategy you can make the best of the opportunity – it's your ESOS.

Whilst you must comply with ESOS, going beyond should not prove bad value. With a joined up strategy you can make the best of the opportunity – it's your ESOS.

Faithful+Gould can provide a range of strategic and technical services to support you with ESOS and wider sustainability strategies. Our aim is to bring to your organisation real value from ESOS, not mere compliance, and to help you link this opportunity maximising other benefits across your organisation in a joined up way. We have expertise in buildings, process, and transport energy, but also post occupancy evaluation and wellbeing studies. We link our approaches to wider outcomes, to help your organisation get the best out of the opportunity, reduce costs improve sustainability and go further along the road of operational excellence.

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