ESOS, the latest in energy audit compliance, has larger tentacles than its predecessors reaching further and to new sectors. One of these is the transport sector. Companies which run a fleet of vehicles – from sales reps’ cars through to engineers’ vans and large goods vehicles (lorries) need to review their fuel efficiency as part of the ESOS audit.
The good news is that this area is often a “quick win” as small percentage point improvements in fuel economy can result in major savings. Many operators of large lorry fleets have already done this – but there are always areas of potential improvement, which the ESOS approach can help to identify.
What do we focus on in the ESOS audit?
Labyrinth has worked in conjunction with Sustain to train all the auditors in basics of transport, ensuring that they can identify and understand the fuel efficiency implications following in different company contexts:
- Rigid vehicles from 7.5 tonnes to 26 tonnes
- Tractor units and trailers
- Aerodynamic aids
- Ancillary equipment
- Fuel, fuel tanks and fuel cards
- Route planning
Working in partnership, we have developed an audit template based on BS EN 16247 to be used to cover LGV’s, vans and cars supported by guidance notes for each question.
What happens after the audit?
A guide to recommendations is presented which includes an estimation of costs and benefits. We then produce a report based on BS EN 16247 which contains the following as a minimum requirement:
- Identification of practicable energy saving opportunities to implement
- Assessment of the cost effectiveness of each energy saving opportunity identified
- Potential cost savings in terms of energy and monetary value
The report also provides specific, tailored details for your business including appropriate personalized, costed solutions and recommendations. An example recommendation could be “to ensure each driver completes a Driver CPC Module on fuel efficient driving within the first year of the 5 year cycle”. The report could also include additional information on what that would entail i.e. assessment and headings which would need to be present in the module.
There is no time to lose, getting ahead means that your business can take advantage of the opportunities ESOS can bring. The qualification date for the new scheme, which is 31st December 2014, is fast approaching.
This blog was written by Ruth Waring, Managing Director, Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd