Keeping abreast of legislation, regulations and corporate responsibility is vital in this fast-moving, ever-changing world. We can help you to future-proof your business and adapt to what lies ahead with intelligence.
Every business – from office start-up or SME to petro-chemical giant – has a duty to monitor and minimise its impact on the environment. Green Element can help your business identify and meet statutory requirements, including climate change agreements (CCAs), ESOS energy audits, and mandatory carbon reporting and CRC scheme registrations.
Climate Change Agreements (CCAs)
A CCA is a voluntary agreement by energy-intensive businesses to meet energy-efficiency and carbon-saving targets, in return for a discount of up to 90% on the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
The targets for participating sectors under the current scheme apply from 1 April 2013 until 31 March 2023. The last reporting period for sector and operator performance assessment is in 2020.
Energy-intensive businesses were defined as industries covered by Part A, in Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 – this definition applies throughout the UK. The 2010 version of the EPR is most recent available.
To learn more about how we can help you with your Climate Change Agreement please contact us here.
Carbon Reduction Committment (CRC)
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a mandatory emissions trading scheme that applies to large businesses and public sector organisations in the UK. Green Element can assist you with the following requirements:
- Maintain data on the CRC website, including organisational structural data, energy supplier data, and other Phase II registration data.
- Conduct site visits at each subsidiary organisation to verify meters.
- Collate monthly bill data, half-hourly data and meter readings for all qualifying gas and electricity meters within each organisation.
- Track energy consumption against previous years within each subsidiary organisation.
- Collate evidence pack, including all gas and electricity supplier and landlord invoices, meter readings and CRC data spreadsheets as well as organisational data.
- Keep records of previous years’ consumption, carbon emissions and allowances.
Report submission and audit liaison
- Submit annual report via the online CRC system.
- Liaise with Environmental Agency to manage expectations and audit queries regarding consumption levels, evidence packs, allowance purchase levels and organisational structures.
- Calculate forecast allowances.
- Order the allowances required by the given deadline.
- Guide clients through payment for the allowances via BACS.
- Submit the allowances.
- Purchase and submit any buy and comply allowances.
- Organise sale of any unused allowances for this period on secondary market.
- CRC payment updates on both values and key timings.
- Professional updating on any key changes which impact on your reporting requirements or financial position.
To learn more about how we can help you with the Carbon Reduction Committment please contact us here.
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a compulsory programme of regular energy audits for ‘large enterprises’. As well as making companies more energy-efficient and reducing environmental impact, real bottom-line benefits are delivered when you go beyond compliance. There are also penalties for non-compliance.
- Enterprises required to undergo auditing are all those with 250+ employees and either ‘an annual turnover of at least €50m (£42m)’ or ‘an annual balance sheet total of at least €43m (£35m).
- Energy audits are conducted every four years by approved assessors. The audit assesses the organisation’s energy intensity ratio – kWh/employee (FTE), for example – and the variation in energy use over time within key buildings and operations.
- To achieve compliance, a business needs to gather the necessary data, undertake the assessment and maintain records of the results. Those with an EMS (Environmental Management System) certified by ISO50001 that includes energy-intensity ratio data will be considered ESOS compliant and not required to implement specific ESOS audits.