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The ever-growing landscape of energy regulations, with a focus on tracking and reducing consumption, is placing a spotlight on energy-efficient technologies. These changes are also bringing compliance obligations to a wider range of organisations than ever before.

Elemental Consulting Group can help you navigate this complex environment. We'll keep you informed of the latest regulations and support you in achieving your energy, carbon reduction, and cost-saving goals. Our expertise ensures a compliant and successful outcome, whilst maximising your financial savings. 

ESOS - Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and reporting programme for large UK organisations. This scheme requires qualifying businesses to conduct regular energy audits. These audits identify cost-effective opportunities to save energy across their operations, encompassing buildings, industrial processes, and transportation.

ESOS is designed to bolster organisations' energy efficiency and minimise carbon emissions. As a result, businesses can expect to see a reduction in energy bills while contributing to the UK's overall energy efficiency targets.

Organisations with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover exceeding £44 million and a balance sheet total surpassing £38 million fall under the scope of ESOS. The scheme plays a critical role in the UK's strategy to meet its energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals as outlined in the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Climate Change Act.

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SECR - Streamlined Energy Carbon Reporting

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The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) is a UK government initiative that requires large organisations to report on their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency measures. SECR replaces the previous Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme and is intended to simplify and streamline carbon reporting requirements for businesses. The scheme applies to all large UK companies, including quoted companies, large unquoted companies, and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) that meet certain criteria. SECR requires organisations to disclose their annual energy use, carbon emissions, and details of any energy-saving measures taken. The aim of the SECR is to increase transparency and encourage companies to take action to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions, contributing to the UK's overall targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

MEES - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are a set of UK government regulations that establish a minimum energy efficiency rating for privately rented, non-residential buildings. These regulations stipulate that all non-domestic properties must possess an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least 'E' before being leased to new tenants or having existing tenancies renewed.

The MEES regulations aim to achieve a threefold objective: bolstering the energy efficiency of the UK's non-domestic building stock, reducing carbon emissions, and assisting businesses in cutting their energy bills.

The regulations encompass all privately rented, non-residential properties, including offices, shops, industrial units, and warehouses. Local authorities are responsible for enforcing MEES. The regulations have been implemented in a phased manner since April 2018. Currently, it's against the law to let out a non-domestic property with an EPC rating of F or G, with some exceptions in place.

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EPC - Energy Performance Certificate

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are certificates that assign an energy efficiency rating to buildings. Their purpose is to inform building owners, potential buyers, and prospective tenants about a building's energy efficiency. Additionally, EPCs help identify areas for improvement to lower energy consumption and the associated costs.

The law mandates EPCs upon the construction, letting, or sale of a commercial building exceeding 50 square metres. Non-compliance can incur fines of up to £5,000.

The certificates employ a rating system ranging from A to G, with A signifying the most energy-efficient and G denoting the least. EPCs serve as a crucial tool in promoting energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions within the built environment. They can also empower building owners to make financial savings on energy bills by highlighting opportunities for energy-saving improvements.

DEC - Display Energy Certificate

Display Energy Certificates (DECs) are certificates that provide an energy rating for public buildings. They are intended to help building owners and occupants understand how energy-efficient their building is, and to identify areas where improvements can be made to reduce energy consumption and associated costs. DECs are required for public buildings with a total useful floor area greater than 250 square meters and are valid for one year. The certificates are based on the actual energy consumption of the building, so they provide an accurate reflection of how efficiently it is being used. They are an important tool for promoting energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in the built environment.

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Don't get left behind. New regulations and rising energy costs demand action. Elemental Consulting Group can help you stay ahead of the curve. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and unlock the potential for significant cost savings and environmental benefits.

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