Larger businesses in Sussex have been finding plenty of ways to significantly cut their energy bills

Energy Management2Locate East Sussex published an article about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, ESOS, in which Fenn Utilities and the energy savings opportunities being discovered by our ESOS Lead Assessor, were mentioned.

"Larger businesses in Sussex have been finding plenty of ways to significantly cut their energy bills while complying with the new mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

East Sussex energy management consultants Fenn Utilities explained how this is the first time most of these large organisations have had to examine their energy use in such detail.

For many companies the energy savings potential has been a real eye opener.

Especially once they realise the amount of energy consumption which can be cut, with little or no effort or expenditure and savings going straight to the bottom line.

Large businesses and organisations, employing 250+ staff or with an annual turnover over 50 million euro and balance sheet exceeding 43 million euro, have to participate in the ESOS Scheme."

Read the full article on the Locate East Sussex website :

9th February 2016

3,000 Businesses and Organisations Fail to Comply with ESOS Deadlines

Latest reports suggest over 3,000 large businesses and organisations have not completed their ESOS assessments for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and are now likely to incur enforcement penalties from the Environment Agency. Fenn Utilities ESOS  The deadline for confirming ESOS compliance was 5th December 2015. 

Following a slow response and relatively poor initial uptake the Environment Agency announced a period of grace in October 2015, saying that organisations which confirmed they had completed their ESOS audits and assessments and had complied with the ESOS requirements by 29th January 2016 would be unlikely to be prosecuted.

Now this latest deadline has passed it has been estimated around 3,000 or more organisations have still not complied with the mandatory ESOS Scheme - and it appears many have not even started the ESOS process.

 Jo Scully from the Environment Agency explains how many businesses and organisations have confirmed their ESOS compliance 

A business or organisation classified as a large undertaking, meeting either one or both of the conditions :

Germany has over nine times the number of sites certified to the new ISO 50001 energy management standard, compared to UK. 

By the end of May 2014 Germany had secured around 47% of the world's ISO 50001 certifications.  So why the difference ?

There has been widespread publicity in Germany about the benefits and, often immediate, financial savings which companies can secure from ISO 50001 that seems to have triggered considerable interest.

If Germany is using ISO 50001's step by step process to create a lean, energy efficient manufacturing base, why is the UK lagging so far behind ? Energy Savings steps Left

The UK has clearly failed to explain the benefits or brought ISO 50001 to the attention of manufacturers, hoteliers, retailers, distributors and other companies - so ISO 50001 is still relatively unknown amongst business leaders. 

Both German and UK companies enjoy subsidies and grants for numerous energy saving measures.  German companies can receive a contribution towards the cost of ISO 50001 certification - though certification is not particularly expensive.

ISO 50001 drills down into much greater detail on the way energy is used and the opportunities for energy savings, compared to the broad environmental ISO 14001 system.  ISO 50001 also helps ensure true energy comparisons are made and provides guidelines to ensure real improvements in energy efficiency are achieved. 

Written by some of the world's leading energy experts the ISO 50001 system is designed to enable organisations to achieve a continual improvement in energy performance.  Working through the ISO 50001 system normally produces a sharp improvement and renewed interest, with invigorated staff involvement and targetted energy saving campaigns.  

A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) enables a business or organisation to measure how effectively they are performing specific tasks or meeting their targets.

Key performance indicators can be set across the whole organisation. Alternatively KPIs may be defined for departments, operations and projects.  They can also be used to measure individual performances.

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Reported and Time growth chart

KPIs are often set as ratios, to measure business performance through the relationship between two key variables.

KPIs are an important component within management systems as means of measuring the level of success in achieving, and hopefully exceeding, the organisation's goals.

One of the great benefits of KPIs is they can be explained to everyone, so the entire workforce from the bottom to the top, has a clear understanding of what objectives the organisation is targeting and the progress being made

ISO 50001 uses the term EnPI - energy performance indicator.  ISO 14001 uses EPI - environmental performance indicator.  ISO 9001 quality management systems use KPIs extensively to track customer satisfaction, production of goods and service delivery. 

Whatever they may be called KPIs are an essential component to measuring the effectiveness of business performance and goal achievement.

03 August 2015