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 reducing energy use.
JRP has worked with many organisations including Vodafone, AstraZeneca, Bristol Water and a leading defence contractor to achieve certification and to make ISO 50001 work practically to maximise energy and cost savings.
The structure of a successful ISO 50001 certified energy management system can differ greatly between organisations depending on their culture and needs as well as opportunities to integrate with existing management systems; it’s definitely not a case of one size fits all. A key part of JRP’s approach is to get under the skin of an organisation during the gap analysis and implementation to put in place a system that delivers improvements in energy performance without undue demands on resources or unnecessary changes to the way an organisation operates.
JRP can help you every step of the way to certification and beyond, starting with a very robust audit of representative sites, as well as the organisation as a whole, to see how far from the standard you are.
Using our ISO 50001 Gap Analysis Tool, we will score a level of compliance to each of 150 questions, divided into 7 key areas. JRP will recommend actions or evidence required in each area to achieve certification and will produce a radar chart for each site audited to provide a visual indication of the progress required against each of the 7 main elements of the standard.
These recommendations go into ‘Consolidated Action Plan’ from which we determine resources and potential savings to create a costed business case and implementation plan for each item. The Consolidated Action Plan is a dynamic document which can be used and updated throughout implementation. JRP can support you to deliver all actions if required. Certification is not the end of the journey however as improvements can always be made to improve energy efficiency and management and we often work with clients beyond certification to ensure that standards are maintained and that improvements continue.
The journey to certification has now been simplified by the use of our ISO 50001 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.
Please download the pdf for more details.
ISO 50001 Toolkit
If concerns about additional administration and paperwork are deterring you from going for ISO 50001 certification, JRP have developed an ISO 50001 toolkit to help you manage the whole process simply, logically and practically.Click below for a bigger image
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 ISO 50001 toolkit, purpose-designed by JRP for their clients’ use. The toolkit, shown above, 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. If you would like to know more about how this could work for you, do get in touch.
The toolkit is available for use under licence.
Emissions Monitoring and Trading Schemes
JRP can assist you with all aspects of the following schemes, from determining if the scheme applies to you to applying for relevant permits, reporting within the scheme and ensuring you get the correct benefits. We can also help you maintain 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 one site. Sites are required to report annual emissions and surrender allowances to cover these emissions. As a result of Brexit, there will be a transition from EU ETS to UK ETS in January 2021. We can assist with this transition.
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.
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).
SECR is mandatory for quoted companies, large unquoted companies and large LLPs, which are required to undertake an annual SECR assessment. More details here.
GHG Reporting is a requirement of the Climate Change Act 2008 that all listed companies must report on GHG emissions in their Directors Report. This has been superseded by SECR in most cases but some public bodies that are not covered by SECR are required to report GHG emissions under other legislation or commitments. Other organisations choose to voluntarily report GHG emissions as part of their social responsibility.
To request a copy of our Energy Compliance Fact Sheet, click here.
The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) framework comes into effect from April 2019 and coincides with the closure of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. It is a part of the UK government’s on-going commitment “to help businesses to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. It aims to build on other nationwide mandatory energy and carbon reporting schemes like ESOS and Green House Gasses reporting (GHG)”.
Under SECR approximately 11,900 organisations in the UK will be required to report accurate and auditable annual energy reports and provide a high-level description of proposed energy efficiency actions. Is your organisation one of them?
JRP can advise you on whether you need to comply and, if you do, help you meet the reporting requirements. The extent of our help will depend on whether your organisation just wants to comply with the requirements of SECR or actually to achieve energy efficiencies.
Our purpose built SECR reporting tool will simplify the process for you as it will just need to be updated every year. As with other energy and carbon related reporting such as CCA’s or EU ETS we can help to manage and administer SECR on your behalf either on a one off basis or on a retainer or as part of our Site Energy Support service.
We’ve produce a fact sheet to help you understand what this will mean for your organisation and to answer any questions you may have. If you would like a copy, please request it here or call us on 0800 6127 567.
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