Case study: Keepmoat - ESOS compliance

Case study: Keepmoat - ESOS compliance

The Carbon Trust has helped Keepmoat comply with the government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations by providing expert auditing and identifying ways to improve its energy efficiency.

The UK government’s new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations require all large companies with at least 250 employees, or a turnover of more than €50 million and balance sheet of at least €43 million, to undertake a comprehensive assessment of energy consumption and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years. The deadline for the first compliance period is 5 December 2015.

Doncaster-based housebuilder and social housing provider, Keepmoat, became one of the first companies in the country to notify the Environment Agency of ESOS compliance, thanks to support from the Carbon Trust.

The Carbon Trust and Keepmoat completed the compliance process over a three month period. Key stages included: the calculation of Keepmoat’s total energy consumption; energy audits of a representative sample of offices and construction sites; and a review of fuel-reduction opportunities to green the company’s fleet of vehicles.

Going through the process of a company-wide assessment of opportunities built up a detailed picture of energy consumption patterns, identifying opportunities for substantial improvements. This helped Keepmoat to identify potential energy savings that could cut the company’s current consumption by a quarter. Recommendations from the energy audits were varied, ranging from introducing energy champions into Keepmoat’s regional offices, to considering whole-life costing when selecting company vehicles.

Some of the more surprising areas of energy saving opportunity uncovered by the assessments included a refrigerated vending machine storing nothing but crisps, as well as an entire office lighting system that had been enclosed following a refurbishment but was still operational. And implementing all cost-effective recommendations could save the company as much as £1.5 million on operational costs every year.

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