Sustain Ltd are delighted to announce that The St Monica Trust – a Bristol-based charity providing high quality care and accommodation for older people – have become fully compliant with ESOS.
Working with Sustain, The St Monica Trust have successfully met the requirements of ESOS – well ahead of the December deadline. Becoming compliant will allow the Trust to continue its provision of care and pursue efficient resource use and sustainable practice without the hindrance of penalty fines.
The ESOS audit was unique in that it was required to examine both property stock, including Grade II listed buildings, and vehicles, accounting for around 80% and 15% of energy expenditure respectively.
In working with listed buildings, Sustain was challenged with identifying efficiency measures that offered tangible savings whilst adhering to the strict planning regulations that apply. A number of viable efficiency measures were proposed which have the potential to save over £30,000.
‘It’s fantastic to work with an organisation like The St Monica Trust where we have been able to identify real savings whilst ensuring ESOS compliance. We hope our work will aid the Trust in continuing its vital operation well into the future,’ said Amy Dartington, Sustain’s project co-ordinator.
Improvements can be made to the lighting and Building Management Systems which will generate the largest savings whilst improving the living environment for residents, reducing the need for maintenance and also preserving the condition of the buildings. We were also able to outline how vehicle energy use can be reduced to fit the Trust’s current and future operations.
‘From when Sustain Ltd first visited us to when they presented their final report, we always felt well informed about what was happening. The audits they carried out were appropriate in scale to the areas where we use energy and their reports were easy to read with clear outcomes so we can now move forward to implementation. Overall, the support received from Sustain gave us the confidence that we were in control and easily able to comply with ESOS by the submission deadline.’
Carrianne Freeman, The St Monica Trust
With 18 years’ experience of delivering practical energy, water and carbon reduction solutions, Sustain has saved their clients almost £2 billion in energy costs and 6 million tonnes of lifetime carbon. The St Monica Trust is one of the many organisations that the company is currently supporting in achieving regulatory compliance with ESOS.
Audits are required every four years as part of ESOS compliance and qualifying businesses are required to be declared as compliant by 5th December 2015 by submitting their evidence through the Environment Agency Portal. Those that fail to comply will face fines of up to £50,000 and risk suffering reputational damage.