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The National Energy Foundation To Set New Energy Saving Measures


After the first session of ESOS compliance, NEF has come up with new standards of saving energy.

Dailycsr.com – 22 February 2016 – The senior energy specialist at National Energy Foundation, Thomas Whiffen claims that he has evidence to convince of the “value of ESOS compliance”.
During the first quota of compliances related course of ESOS, NEF “worked” with various organisations and enlisted numerous opportunities for saving energy, whereby accumulating a “potential value” for savings “millions of pounds”.
Consequently, NEF got to work and analysed “half-hourly energy data”, reviewed “finance records”, checked through “utility bills” and scrutinised “mileage claims”. As a result, NEF arrived at an annual energy saving amount of “29 GWh” which roughly equates to “£12.5 million” utility bills and annual fuel.
After examining the commercial sites across country, NEF found out that they were fitted with “an onsite combined heat and power plant”, while the power was being used, the heat was simply thrown into the atmosphere. The power from the same plant was mostly used for heating hot water for their industrial washing facility”.
Yet, during the winter, the plants were not equipped with any “space heating” system. Therefore, as a solution, the same systems were reengineered, whereby the space was heated in the winter besides providing a “low-carbon pre-heating” for industrial washing purpose. At present, the combines system is saving ESOS “£40,000” per year, which is equivalent to “£40,000”.
Here are top twelve observations and insights provided by NEF:
  • “There was positive engagement from the organisations we audited.
  • “The ESOS process improved energy-use record keeping.
  • “ESOS also improved energy awareness, and improving the visibility of their energy consumption helped organisations identify energy-saving opportunities.
  • “Major energy-saving opportunities were identified through behaviour change initiatives in both buildings and transport – in the case of the latter through reducing the number of miles driven and incentivising improved driving techniques.
  • “Major energy efficiency improvements were achieved through modernising the technology used to monitor and control energy, especially in areas of high energy demand.
  • “There was scope for energy management behaviour to be improved in all the buildings we audited.
  • “Likewise, there was room for all organisations to improve the support they provided to their staff through awareness and training initiatives.
  • “Lighting upgrades and boiler replacements reduced lighting and heating demand by 25-50%.
  • “Those organisations using fuel card systems were able to provide energy consumption data for their transport systems more easily, and the availability of driver fuel-use data made it easier to undertake behaviour-change programmes.
  • “The true benefit and power of ESOS compliance will be in the number and value of energy saving opportunities that are actually implemented.
  • “Over the next few months, we’ll be consulting with our clients, revisiting our original audits and working on strategies for implementing the savings we identified. We’ll also consider doing similar work for other ESOS-compliant organisations.
  • “The next stage will be to measure the savings and, finally, to prove the business case”.
Keeping a future plan in front, the National Energy Foundation will now establish “a new standard” which rests at “Final Draft International Standard stage”. Once, the same receives a stamp of approval, the standards will be formalised and gain a recognition as a method on a global scale, whereby others can adapt these energy savings methods.