Thanks to the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), energy audits are suddenly a hot topic. Couple ESOS with the new European Energy Audit Standard, BS EN16247, and you have a route to compliance that should yield significant results.
To explain this new standard, the British Standard Institution (BSI), the organisation responsible for publishing BS EN16247, held an Energy Audit event in Central London to explain how organisations can use the standard to comply with ESOS – reducing energy consumption and saving money.
The event was chaired by Professor Martin Fry, Honorary President of ESTA and Chairman of the BSI Energy Management Standards Committee, and saw three presentations by St Gobain, EDF Energy and Utilitywise.
BSI approached Utilitywise and asked if we could use the BS EN16247 standard to deliver a case study to present at the event. With a proven track record in on-site energy assessments and a reputation for delivering quality and independent audits, Utilitywise were seen as the perfect company to assist BSI.
To do this Utilitywise needed to find a building to audit, a building that belonged to somebody who understood the importance of energy savings, who took their environmental impact seriously and who would be open to trying a new, innovative approach to energy auditing.
Utilitywise chose Royal Bank of Scotland.
RBS takes its environmental impact seriously. It uses 100% green electricity in all of its buildings in the UK and Ireland and has committed £80 million to energy saving measures across its properties. The group has reduced its carbon footprint by over 210,000 tonnes – 36% of the total footprint and it is one of only three banks to achieve a 95% score in the Carbon Disclosure Project.
Utilitywise has worked with RBS on a number of projects including both daytime and night time audits of key buildings in its portfolio and we were pleased to base our case study on their Bolton Parklands.
The BS EN16247 standard was followed closely, including the requirement for constant customer and auditor contact. From early in the process we held meetings and teleconferences with the Senior Energy Manager in charge of the whole RBS estate and followed the chain down to the person responsible for running the individual building. This process allowed us to manage expectations and understand specific client requirements as well as tailor the final report to the client’s needs and gather relevant data with speed and ease. These positives were shared by the other presentations on the day by St Gobain and EDF.
The BSI event saw representatives from right across the commercial spectrum, from manufacturing to retail and charities, all of which were there to understand how to use energy audits to achieve energy savings and to understand that not all audits are equal.
You can find out more about the event here: http://www.bsigroup.co.uk/en-GB/our-services/events/2014/2014-09-25-Energy-audits/