Implementing the findings from an energy audit & rating will save an organisation money and will result in a lower carbon footprint. A lower carbon footprint has not only financial benefits but also environmental benefits. Our average energy saving to date for large and small organisations is 23% within a 15 month payback.
Energy audit & rating to lower your carbon footprint
Having a lower carbon footprint may enable you to break into the supply chain of large multinationals such as Tesco or Marks and Spencer’s. Energy audits are the best practice to help improve your carbon footprint.
EU Energy Efficiency Directive Audit Companies
Energy audits and energy ratings are now mandatory for all organisations with more than 250 employees under the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. They have to be high quality energy audits carried out by a person on the Irish SEAI register or the UK ESOS register. Bob Sutcliffe, a director of Environmental Efficiency is on both the SEAI and the ESOS registers and is a Certified Energy Manager.
Energy savings obtainable
No cost actions
Our experience is that energy and carbon footprint saving of approximately 10% can be made by procedural changes such as having
- policies to switch off lights when not needed,
- implementing power save options on IT equipment,
- adjusting thermostats and time clocks,
- fixing compressed air leaks, plus
- statistical process control charts
Low cost actions
Energy and carbon footprint reductions of a further 10% are often realized by installing or improving controls. The costs of these are modest, often less than €/£200. The payback of these low cost actions is generally less than 12 months.
These actions will include installing better controls for existing equipment such as
- time clocks,
- occupancy detectors,
- weather compensation of heating circuits, and
- sub-metering of significant processes.
Capital project actions
Capital intensive actions would involve changes to equipment and processes such as
- installing more efficient burners on boilers and process plant
- variable speed drives on motors such as fans or pumps, or
- CHP plant.
- Replacing steam boilers
These actions would typically yield cost and carbon savings of between 10% and 30%. Paybacks are longer, typically two to three years.
Environmental Efficiency has over 25 years’ experience of energy audits & assessments both in Ireland as well as in the UK. Bob Sutcliffe, a director of Environmental Efficiency, is a Certified Energy Manager with significant industrial experience. He is assisted by colleagues with qualifications in electrical engineering, Measurement and Verification, who are also experts in energy assessments.