In 2012 the European Union passed its EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) into law. This aims to reduce overall energy consumption by 20% by 2020. It placed an obligation on member states to pass back-to-back local legislation by June 2014.
The EED provides specific guidelines it expects member nations to address. The list is long and here are a few excerpts from it:
- Large companies must use energy audits to identify ways to cut their energy consumption
- Small and medium companies must be incentivised to voluntarily take similar steps
- Public sector bodies must purchase energy-efficient buildings, products and services
- Private energy-consumers must be empowered with information to help manage demand
- Energy distributors / resellers must cut their own consumption by 1.5% annually
- Legislators are free to substitute green building technology e.g. through better insulation
- Every year, European governments must audit 3% of the buildings they own
Definition of Energy Audit
An energy-consumption audit is a question of measuring demand throughout a supply grid, with particular attention to individual modules and high demand equipment. While this could be an exercise repeated every four years to satisfy ESOS, it makes more sense to incorporate it into the monthly energy billing cycle.
Because energy use is not consistent but varies according to production cycle, this can produce reams of printouts designed to frustrate busy managers. ecoVaro offers an inexpensive, cloud-based analytic service that effortlessly accepts client data and returns it in the form of high-level graphic summaries.
Potential ESOS Beneficiaries
As many as 9,000 UK companies are obligated to do energy audits because they employ more than 250 employees, have a balance sheet total over £36.5m or an annual turnover in excess of £42m. Any smaller enterprise that finds energy a significant input cost, should also consider enlisting Ecovaro to help it to:
- Obtain a better understanding of the energy side of their business
- Achieve energy savings and share in a estimated £3bn bonanza to 2030
- Reduce carbon emissions to help meet their CRC commitments
More About ecoVaro
We offer web-based energy management software that helps you measure and manage energy costs. This strips data from your meters and generates personalised reports on a dashboard you control. This information helps you accurately zoom in on worthwhile opportunities. With Ecovaro on your side, ESOS truly becomes an Energy Saving OPPORTUNITY Scheme.