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Keepmoat successfully completes ESOS process

Keepmoat became one of the first companies in the country to comply with the government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations through 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.

Understanding energy saving opportunities

Keepmoat decided to undertake its assessment early in order to maximise the cost-saving opportunities from energy efficiency and to avoid any last minute rush for the limited number of Lead Assessors available. Tendering began in late 2014 to prepare the company’s ESOS delivery programme. 

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.

Finding the opportunity in compliance

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.

Following the completion of the ESOS assessment, the data and reports were compiled into an evidence pack. This then had to be signed off by Tony Leach, the Safety, Health, Environment & Quality Director at Keepmoat. Once this was done Keepmoat was able to complete the final stage, which was to notify the Environment Agency of ESOS compliance using an online form.

Although there is no obligation to implement the opportunities identified through the ESOS process, there are clear business benefits from taking advantage of cost-effective energy saving recommendations. 

“Keepmoat has found the ESOS process to be of significant benefit to the business, highlighting opportunities for increased awareness and cost savings across our offices, fleet and construction activities. In partnering with the Carbon Trust, we have benefited from unrivalled expertise in energy management combined with an effective and supportive team."

David March, Group Environmental Manager, Keepmoat