ESOS proved sceptics wrong say energy experts

It’s fair to say that people at Numatic International, manufacturers of the famous Henry vacuum cleaner were somewhat sceptical about the benefits of the Governments Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme, ESOS, to their organisation.

Posted on 06 April 2016.

“Having met all our targets in the Plastics Industry Climate Change Agreement (CCA) for several years, we felt that ESOS was going to be largely a waste of time and money,” explained Andrew Smith, Property and Energy Manager at Numatic.

In fact, as part of the ESOS audit process, energy consultants JRP Solutions identified 12 Energy Savings Opportunities at Numatic with a combined annual energy saving of 1,521,728kWh.  The associated cost savings were £129k per annum and with the cost of implementing these predicted to be £217.7k, this gave a combined simple payback of 1.7 years.

“JRP helped us examine in more detail potential projects that we had been considering, such as improving the efficiency of our dryer systems,” continues Andrew, “We have now gone ahead and made a substantial investment in a new main dryer.  Looking back, despite our original criticism of the need for ESOS in addition to the CCA actions, the effort still turned out to be worthwhile, mainly because we chose the right consultants.” 

When the scheme was launched, the Government estimated that the average large company should realise savings worth £56,400 per year on energy bills as a result of implemented ESOS improvement projects.  Even within organisations that were already very energy conscious like Numatic, many of JRP’s clients have found this estimate to be significantly less than the actual savings identified within their organisations. 

The average cost savings identified across the many ESOS audits carried out by JRP Solutions was over £170 k, with the average payback of only 2 years.  The very lowest energy cost saving identified was £4k (9.1%) the highest £2m (40%).

JRP Solutions have been carrying out energy audits and implementing energy projects for many years.  They have found that reductions in energy consumption can be between 20%-40% within large industrial or manufacturing sites with many of these savings requiring a relatively low capital investment.  “This has been proven again with the results of our ESOS audits, with many organisations even making significant savings with less than 1 year payback.  In organisations that have taken ESOS seriously, and not just gone for tick box compliance, I think there will be many ESOS sceptics who have been pleasantly surprised by the outcome,” states Jes Rutter, Managing Director, JRP Solutions.