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ESOS PHASE 3 UPDATES

The Environment Agency has included some significant updates for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in their latest newsletter.

Confirmation of reporting changes for ESOS Phase 3

Last summer the Environment Agency extended the deadline for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) completion to 5th June 2024, in order to ensure there was reasonable time for participants to meet the planned new ESOS requirements and for assessments to be carried out (extended from 5 December 2023). 

Solar combined with granular reporting significantly reduces energy costs

Solar power generation is nothing new, but with the rising rates of energy and reductions in solar panel costs, many businesses are taking a fresh look at solar power to reduce the impact of energy costs on their business.

PURCHASE DIRECT ACHIEVES ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION AND CARBON NEUTRALITY STATUS

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved both ISO 14001 Certification and Carbon Neutrality status in line with PAS 2060:2014.

PURCHASE DIRECT CELEBRATES FIX AUTO LUTON’S LOWEST CARBON FOOTPRINT AWARD

Purchase Direct has been working with Fix Auto Luton to help them achieve Carbon Neutrality in accordance with PAS 2060 and we were proud to be part of their recent success during the NBRA Greener Bodyshop Awards. 

Purchase Direct supports car retailers with their Franchise Environmental Standards

Purchase Direct has been appointed by BMW Group UK to provide a one-off energy consumption audit for all BMW Retailers and Authorised Repairers in the UK and Ireland.  

PURCHASE DIRECT JOINS CUSTOMERS IN COMMITTING TO CARBON NEUTRALITY

With climate change becoming an increasingly hot topic, it is more difficult for businesses to ignore their own corporate responsibility and we have committed to achieving carbon neutrality status, in accordance with PAS 2060. 

Britain’s electricity grid had ‘greenest ever’ day on Easter Monday

Great Britain’s electricity system was the greenest it had ever been at lunchtime on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, reported the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).

The Targeted Charging Review – what does this mean for business energy costs?

The Targeted Charging Review (TCR) was launched in 2017 to address Ofgem’s concern that the current framework for residual and cost-recovery charging may result in inefficient use of the networks and unfair outcomes for energy users.  The TCR has looked at how electricity network residual charges should be set, for both transmission and distribution. 

CORONAVIRUS – AND NOW A COLLAPSING OPEC+ DEAL: WHERE DO OIL PRICES GO FROM HERE?

Oil prices slumped 30% upon opening on Monday 9th March – the biggest one-day % fall since the 1991 Gulf War. A slight upturn followed, with oil markets settling at a 25% drop for the day.

Oil prices have been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China oil prices hit lows of $53, the lowest levels in 12 months, following a 20% drop in the market. This drop in the oil price fuelled the bearish (downward) sentiments in Gas and Electric markets.

Puchase Direct’s Energy Management Programme supports TrustFord in achieving 5th consecutive Green Apple Award

TrustFord has again been acknowledged for the 5th consecutive year, for its commitment to environmental best practice in The Green World Awards 2019. 

FEARS SETTLE AFTER OIL PRICES SOAR FOLLOWING ATTACKS ON SAUDI FACILITIES

Following the drone attacks at the weekend in Saudi Arabia on their largest oil processing plants, oil prices initially surged 20% at the start of trading on Monday with the Brent Crude benchmark seeing its biggest jump in about 30 years.  

ESOS PHASE 2 DEADLINE – 5TH DECEMBER 2019

The compliance notification deadline for ESOS Phase 2 is rapidly approaching. ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria and non-compliance could result in fines of up to £90,000

CLIMATE CHANGE LEVY (CCL) SET TO INCREASE FROM APRIL 2019

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is the government’s environmental tax on commercial energy consumption, charged in pence per kWh by the energy supplier.

STREAMLINED ENERGY AND CARBON REPORTING FRAMEWORK FOR UK BUSINESS

Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) will come into effect from 1st April 2019.

DEADLINE FOR ESOS PHASE 2 IS FAST APPROACHING

Is your business prepared for Phase 2 of ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) which began on 6th December 2015? Companies with more than 250 members of staff or with a turnover in excess of €50M and balance sheet in excess of €43M must comply by 5th December 2019.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY PUBLISHES ESOS NON-COMPLIANCE FINES

The deadline for Phase 1 of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was 5th December 2015. Companies that failed to comply may have thought they had avoided any penalties.

PURCHASE DIRECT SHORTLISTED FOR TWO ENERGY AWARDS 2018

Purchase Direct has been shortlisted for two major energy awards as a result of our successful energy procurement, contract management and energy management consultancy services.

TRUSTFORD HOLD A TIGHT GRIP ON THE ROAD TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESS

TrustFord’s commitment to reducing their environmental impact, year on year, has been recognised by The Green Organisation for the fourth consecutive year; winning the annual Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice.

PHASE 2 OF THE ENERGY SAVINGS OPPORTUNITY SCHEME (ESOS) IS ALREADY HERE

Despite Brexit, Phase 2 of ESOS began on 6th December 2015. As with Phase 1, this is a four year phase and compliance must be notified by 5th December 2019. In their June ESOS newsletter, the Environment Agency (the scheme administrator) have confirmed that Phase 2 has begun and have recommended getting started on auditing for compliance now.

PURCHASE DIRECT SHORTLISTED FOR TWO TELCA ENERGY AWARDS

Purchase Direct has been shortlisted for two major energy awards on the back of our successful energy procurement, contract management and energy management consultancy services.

WATER DEREGULATION COULD BENEFIT BUSINESSES IN ENGLAND

Forthcoming water deregulation could deliver benefits for English businesses. Improved customer service, efficiencies of having one supplier and some reduction in costs with higher discounts expected in a few years’ time are among the gains to be had once the water sector is deregulated in England from April 2017 (Wales and Northern Ireland will remain unchanged).

£900 MILLION CARBON REDUCTION COMMITMENT TAX TO BE AXED: BUT WHO WILL PICK UP THE BILL

The answer is simple: all UK businesses, from 1st April 2019, via an increased Climate Change Levy (CCL) main rate.

ENERGY REDUCTION PROGRAMME AT TRUSTFORD

An energy reduction programme at TrustFord, which operates from 65 locations and employs more than 3,000 people, resulted in an 18% drop in energy consumption in 2014 compared with 2013 and savings of more than £200,000 on a seven-figure energy bill.

AWARD WIN FOR ‘BEST ADVICE’ ON ENERGY COST AND CONSUMPTION REDUCTIONS

We are celebrating an award winning achievement after delivering ‘best advice’ which has netted clients six-figure savings on energy bills.