With energy efficiency at the top of the agenda for a large proportion of businesses, at Blackmores we have experienced a significant rise in the number of organisations looking to implement the ISO 50001 Standard for energy management.
The benefits of ISO 50001 have not gone unnoticed by the regulatory bodies. Indeed, within the recent ESOS newsletter (No 6) from the Environment Agency, they outlined their approach to breaches of the ESOS requirements to notify compliance by the 5th December. They have recognised that some organisations may still be working on finalising their submissions and have indicated that they are not normally expecting to take enforcement action for late notification provided it is received by 29 January 2016 and that an ESOS assessor has been engaged before the 5th December deadline.
They have also stated that they are now giving until 30 June 2016 to achieve ISO 50001 certification as a form of compliance, thus recognising the ongoing continual improvements in energy management and efficiency that drives a successful ISO 50001 management system.
Both ISO 50001 and ESOS require organisations to conduct an energy baseline review in order to identify opportunities for improvement. This exercise alone can reap financial rewards for businesses. In the last two ESOS submissions made by Blackmores, OFI’s equating to annual savings of £27,692 were identified.