Check you are legally compliant with energy legislations

In light of the recent EU referendum result, we are urging businesses to be aware of key directives that are still in place that could expose their organisation to risk.

We are advising businesses to check whether they are compliant with certain regulations that apply to energy usage, if not they will need to complete a compliance review. Failure to do so, could incur financial penalties.

There are a number of factors that businesses need to take into account to find out if they need a compliance plan. These include, looking at the energy efficiency of buildings, water safety, driver risk and mandatory metering.

Here are the schemes and directives that businesses need to be aware of:

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Display Energy Certificate (DEC)

P272 - an OFGEM (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) regulations that affects the way energy consumption is calculated

TM44 - the guidance for air conditioning inspections

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

ISO5001 - supports organisations to use energy more efficiently through an energy management system

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) - a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

MEPS – Minimum energy performance standard.  The minimum energy efficiency regulations will mean that, by 1 April 2018, all properties in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector with energy rating falling below a certain level will have to be improved to a specified minimum energy efficiency standard before being let to tenants.

Businesses that should comply with certain legal obligations include those with buildings that are freely accessible to the public and are more than 250m2, have an air conditioning unit of more than 12KW per unit, or that lease or rent out property. As well as those that haven’t assessed their air handling and water systems for Legionella, have more than five drivers driving for business purposes, or those that have advanced electricity meters prefixed 05, 06, 07 and 08 on their MPANS (meter point administration numbers).

Our managing director, Gareth Henderson, said: “Britain is currently in a state of limbo as we wait to see how the result of the recent Brexit result will affect our economy. In the meantime, it’s crucial that businesses keep their eye on the ball and don’t fall short of compliance for their energy usage. Failure to do so, could put them at risk with financial penalties, and in some cases a custodial sentence.  

“A simple compliance review can ensure that businesses are legally covered by all the relevant schemes, that they tick all the right boxes and are protected from any risks.”

If you’re unsure which directives your business should comply with we can talk you through the various factors, and help put together a compliance plan if required.

To determine whether your business needs a compliance plan, go to www.orchardenergy.co.uk and follow their quick guide, or call 0844 581 0844 or email customer.services@orchardenergy.co.uk