Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which applies to large companies in the UK and all other member states. The scheme requires organisations to carry out an audit review of how energy is used every 4 years, reporting energy trends across buildings, industrial operations and within the company fleet. ESOS is designed to lead to greater energy efficiency, cost savings and carbon reduction in the business sector.
We have chosen to comply with ESOS through the ISO 50001 certification, which is designed to implement, establish and maintain a continuous standard of energy reduction and is the world’s leading international standard outlining best practice energy management. We successfully completed Stage 1 of ISO 50001 at the beginning of September and expect to have gained full accreditation by mid-November in advance of the 5th December 2015 ESOS deadline. The standard will enable Churchill to systematically achieve continual improvement of energy performance and demonstrates our commitment to eliminating energy waste.
Working in Partnership with Energy Saving Trust
EST is an independent and impartial organisation who works with businesses and governments to inspire new energy efficiency programmes and policies. EST carried out an audit of our existing fleet in June 2015 termed as a ‘Green Fleet Review’ – essentially an all-inclusive ‘health check’.
Following the audit, EST has recommended ways in which we can cut emissions and reduce costs, through which we can fulfil our sustainable objectives, which will further support our ISO 50001 accreditation process. The recommendations cover the following topics: mileage management, fuel management, whole life cost modelling, vehicle choice and grey fleet.
Throughout July, we trialled a 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van as part of our service delivery to the Borough of Poole. Our operatives work to a set route each day continuously visiting the public convenience sites and covering a lot of miles. For this reason, switching to electric vehicles on this contract would greatly reduce our environmental impact. The trial was successful and the van proved fit for purpose. Moving forward we are now working with the manufacturer to establish whether this will be a workable option for the future due to the limited charging infrastructure currently available.
We are also reviewing a number of initiatives that could be implemented on a company-wide basis to optimise our fleet management system from a sustainable perspective. Our vehicle choice policy is based upon CO2 production, offering hybrid vehicles with low carbon emissions and frugal engines. Such cars include the Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris Hybrid and Ford Fiesta ECOnetic. Car sharing, teleconferencing, promoting the use of public transport for commuting and a cycle to work scheme are all being explored as opportunities to remove cars from the roads and reduce company mileage. Incentives such as guaranteed parking spaces could also be offered to staff who drive hybrid or ’eco’ vehicles.