Energy Legislation & Compliance

Energy Legislation and Compliance

ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme)

The Government has developed the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in order to comply with The EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The scheme places an obligation on qualifying businesses to undertake an annual energy efficiency audit. Participants are not obligated to implement the recommendations from the audit but the audits are structured to highlight the commercial benefits which will encourage participants to implement the efficiencies identified. There are financial penalties for failure to comply.

All the energy supplied for consumption in the UK will be within scope of ESOS. This includes fuel for vehicle deliveries or business motoring (company cars, mileage allowance etc.). It also includes energy generated on site from Combined Heat & Power, Solar, Wind etc.

Am I obligated to register for ESOS?

Participation in ESOS will be mandatory for any organisation which carries out its business within the UK and which meets any one of the following criteria:

  1. It has 250 or more staff.

  2. It has <250 staff but has an annual turnover exceeding €50m (£40m) and a balance sheet exceeding €43m (£34.47m).

  3. It is part of a corporate group which qualifies (as defined by (1) or (2), above).

Introduction To P272

P272 is a mandatory industry change that will affect the way some electricity supplies are measured and charged for. By 1 April 2016 all electricity customers with Maximum Demand meters will be moved to Half Hourly (HH) metering from the current Non Half Hourly (NHH) metering arrangements.

This change is a legal requirement which affects all suppliers of Maximum Demand electricity supplies.

The change will allow suppliers to more accurately price supplies by relating their individual consumption profiles to the actual cost of supplying energy at peak and off peak periods.

If your electricity supply number is categorised as Profile Class 05, 06, 07 or 08 then you will be affected. Profile Types 01, 02, 03 and 04 are not affected by P272. Your Profile Type can be found on your bill and makes up part of your supply number.



Green Energy
In the UK about 75% of our electricity is generated by burning coal, oil and gas. This releases millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide, the main gas responsible for climate change. Another 17% is generated from nuclear power which has other worryingly severe environmental impacts. Only the remaining 8% of electricity is generated from wind and other renewable sources.

We are able to ensure that your next electricity supply contract includes "Green Energy" and that you are supplied with electricity that has been generated from a renewable source.

Renewable electricity has been exempt from the CCL since its introduction in 2001. The tax was not paid on renewable electricity supplied to businesses and the public sector under renewable source contracts.

However the Chancellor announced in his 8 July 15 budget that the exemption from the Climate Change Levy for renewable electricity will cease from 1 August 2015.

Carbon Reduction Commitments
Currently, reporting carbon emissions for most businesses is voluntary, however for very large businesses the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme requires mandatory emissions reporting. This applies to all businesses which have a half hourly meter installed in at least one of their premises and which use over 6 GWh per year.

We undertake CRC work for a number of our large hotel and manufacturering clients, ensuring that their registrations are accurate and completed on time.

We acknowledge our responsibility to the environment and the commercial advantages this can bring and we have procedures to minimise our impact upon the environment.

EUC's Environmental Policy

Our staff are kept aware of the impact our activities can have on the environment and constantly consider ways to conserve energy and minimise waste in our daily activities. All computers and other electrical items are turned off at the end of the working day and central heating settings are carefully monitored to ensure consumption is minimised whilst maintaining a comfortable working environment.

We promote the use of recycled materials whenever possible, ensuring that materials are disposed of in an environmentally safe manner at the end of their useful life. For many years, all office waste has been segregated, so all paper/cardboard, plastic, cans, glass, batteries and toner cartridges are recycled. All electrical equipment is segregated from general waste and disposed of responsibly.

We have dramatically reduced road travel by moving towards environmentally friendly methods of client contact.

We are a leading provider of consultancy services to businesses who are obligated under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste) Regulations. Our services help clients to comply with this environmental legislation in a cost effective manner.

Combined Heat and Power

Combined heat and power (CHP) refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity and heating and cooling from the combustion of a fuel.

CHP can be utilized in a variety of applications that have significant electric and thermal loads such as hospitals, schools, university campuses, hotels, nursing homes, manufacturing plants and office buildings.

We have extensive experience in assessing the viability of any installation and the potential returns.

Climate Change Agreements

Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) give energy-intensive industries a discount on the Climate Change Levy (a tax on energy use in industry, commerce and the public sector) as long as they meet government-agreed energy efficiency improvement targets.

Climate change agreements are voluntary agreements made by UK industry and the Environment Agency to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In return, operators receive a discount on the Climate Change Levy (CCL), a tax added to electricity and fuel bills. The Environment Agency administers the CCA scheme on behalf of the whole of the UK.

For operators who hold a CCA, the CCL will be reduced by:

  • 93% on electricity bills
  • 78% on other fuels

CCAs are available for a wide range of industry sectors from major energy-intensive processes such as chemicals, paper and supermarkets to agricultural businesses.

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