Compliance and Legislation Services
Energy is an expensive resource, the use of which has environmental consequences. It is the role of governments worldwide to control, manage and reduce energy use and the consequences. There are many, often complex and overlapping schemes, some voluntary, some compulsory, which have been set up to do this. We have intimate knowledge of these schemes and extensive experience of advising organisations in all aspects of the schemes to ensure compliance and best value.
All organisations with more than 250 employees are obliged to have completed an energy audit to identify energy saving opportunities before December 2015 under the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). We have a national team of accredited advisors who are not only able to support you to achieve compliance with the scheme but also to capitalise on the opportunities for energy savings identified. Our innovative new energy survey methodology and software tool, Energy Initiator®, not only reduces the time required to undertake a comprehensive survey, but, more importantly, maximises the identification of energy savings opportunities. For more information please go to our ESOS Info Hub.
Implementing the energy management standard, ISO 50001, makes good business sense as part of a structured and coordinated approach to reduce energy use. JRP can help you every step of the way, starting with a gap analysis to identify where your organisation falls short and then will develop a plan to fill those gaps over a given time period using an ISO 50001 ‘gap tracker’ to monitor progress. Typically, this could include identifying and implementing energy saving projects; developing a practical energy strategy and energy policy; installing sufficient metering to facilitate energy monitoring and targeting (M&T), energy consumption reporting and trend analysis, procurement and, of course, training to promote energy awareness and to effect behavioural change management.
JRP know how to make ISO 50001 work practically to maximise energy and cost savings and the journey to certification has now been simplified by the use of a new software toolkit, purpose-designed by JRP for their clients’ use. The toolkit guides users through the stages of the certification process, with details of procedures, requirements, definitions and links to ‘how to’ guides and useful information. It records documented decisions and stores any associated documentation and records all in one place.
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Emissions Monitoring and Trading Schemes
JRP can assist you in all aspects of the following schemes from determining if the scheme applies to you and applying for relevant permits, to reporting within the scheme and maintaining the associated evidence pack and agreements with relevant sector associations in accordance with the scheme guidance and regulations.
This includes, but is not limited to:
- Data collation and submission to the relevant body
- Online evidence pack generation and population with 24/7 access
- Incorporating required scheme activities in company procedures
- Responding to requests and queries from the regulator
- Operation of registry accounts
- Planning and forecasting emissions to minimise scheme costs and to claim rebates and allowances where appropriate
- Providing continuous updates as relevant information becomes available
EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System) is mandatory if your business has more than 20MW thermal capacity installed at a one site.
CCA (Climate Change Agreement) is a voluntary UK scheme which applies if a site or part of a site has an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) permit or conducts one of the processes identified by the particular sector association. The benefit of being part of CCA is the reduction in Climate Change Levy (CCL) which is applied to both electricity and gas invoices provided you meet the energy reduction targets specified in the agreement. CCA covers electricity, gas and oil but CCL is only applied to electricity and gas.
CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme) is a mandatory UK scheme which applies to businesses that consume more than 6000 MWh of electricity per year. If you qualify you must report all electricity and gas usage for the whole UK organisation.
CHPQA (Quality Assurance for Combined Heat and Power) is a voluntary scheme run by Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and rewards good quality CHP by allowing participants to claim Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption and claim enhanced capital allowances (ECAs).