GDF SUEZ Energy UK has launched a new service to help businesses meet the requirements of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). To comply with this new legislation, all large businesses must conduct a detailed audit of all energy and fuel they consume, identifying cost-effective energy saving opportunities. They must then submit evidence of this to The Environment Agency (EA) by 5 December 2015. Failure to comply can result in a maximum penalty of £90K.
Preparing the necessary ‘evidence pack’ for ESOS could be a complex process, and the new service developed by GDF SUEZ Energy UK has been designed to help businesses navigate through ESOS compliance with minimal cost, inconvenience and effort.
The company has partnered with GDF SUEZ sister company Cofely to create a comprehensive and straightforward service, which is delivered in two phases. The design phase includes a detailed analysis of the company organisational structure, existing energy and fuel consumption data, and advice on the most cost and resource-efficient way to meet ESOS requirements. The delivery phase involves carrying out the required audits and provides a report recommending energy-saving solutions for the business. This report provides the necessary evidence of compliance with the ESOS scheme.
David Hall, Sales Director at GDF SUEZ Energy UK, says: “It is possible that businesses will already have much of the information required by ESOS, as a result of their participation in other schemes, such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC). Our service helps businesses to meet ESOS requirements in a way that avoids any duplication of effort. But businesses need to act fast. We believe many large companies are unaware of this new obligation, and with all the audits and evidence required by early December, there really is no time to lose.”
The ESOS audit must provide information about a business’s total energy use and expenditure across all buildings, industrial processes and transport.
ESOS only applies to ‘large enterprises’, which are defined by DECC as businesses that employ more than 250 people, or have an annual turnover greater than €50m (approx. £39m) and/or a balance sheet in excess of €43m (approx. £33m), or are part of a corporate group containing a large enterprise.
David adds: “Although there is no obligation for businesses to implement the energy-saving measures identified by their audits, it makes sense to take this opportunity to reduce energy consumption and costs, and gain a long-term return on their investment in ESOS audits.”
About GDF SUEZ Energy UK
GDF SUEZ Energy UK is a dedicated business-to business supplier of energy in the UK and is part of the Group’s Energy UK-Turkey region. It has been operating in the UK market since 1999 and supplies gas and electricity to all types of business, from small industrial and commercial companies, to energy-intensive industrial plants. It was the first business-to-business supplier to offer flexible electricity purchasing in the UK market more than a decade ago. In addition to supplying energy, it’s a market leader in demand-side services and a growing provider of export contracts and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), being -one of the few companies who can provide long-term bankable PPAs.
GDF SUEZ Energy UK is part of ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) which has 19 businesses and employs 20,000 people across the energy spectrum in UK.
GDF SUEZ changed its corporate branding on 24 April and is now ENGIE.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: independent power production, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency services. ENGIE employs 152,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of EUR 74.7 billion in 2014. The Group is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone, Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120, Vigeo World 120, Vigeo Europe 120 and Vigeo France 20.