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Registration for Kinect Energy’s free
ESOS Phase 2 webinar is open now:
http://tiny.cc/esoswebinar
What is ESOS?
The Government established ESOS to
implement Article 8 of the EU Energy
Efficiency Directive.
ESOS is a mandatory energy
assessment scheme for organisations in
the UK that meet the qualification criteria.
The Environment Agency is the UK
scheme administrator.
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must
carry out assessments every four years.
The first round of assessments took
place in 2015.
These assessments are audits of the
energy used by their buildings, industrial
processes and transport to identify costeffective energy saving measures.
Organisations
must
notify
the
Environment Agency by a set deadline
that they have complied with their ESOS
obligations. The deadline for ESOS
Phase 2 is December 2019.
Case study – St John’s College,
Cambridge
Kinect Energy Group worked with St
John’s College, Cambridge, in line with
phase one of ESOS in 2014.
After engaging with Kinect, the College
quickly identified an opportunity not only
to ensure it was compliant and avoid a
penalty, but also to reduce carbon
emissions by saving energy.
Kinect worked closely with the College to
develop a prudent energy management
strategy. The team completed on-site
energy audits and identified a total of 95
opportunities to save energy.
One opportunity, an entry card system,
had already been implemented at one of
the College premises and was
successful.
Other opportunities that presented
valuable ways to save energy and costs
included the implementation of controls
to prevent unoccupied rooms from being
heated in other premises and the
installation of smart meters and
subsequent analysis of consumption
data from those meters.
Additionally, the energy audit identified
specific equipment that was operating
inefficiently. For example, with the help
of thermal imaging, it was clear that one
particular TV screen consumed a
significant amount of energy when it was
left on standby and consequently had a
temperature in excess of 38C.
The ESOS compliance exercise
demonstrated that there were significant
benefits to be achieved if the College
stepped up its existing energy reduction
work.
Projects were prioritised to deliver the
greatest cost savings that in turn reduced
the College’s dependence on electricity
and gas and also reduced their
environmental footprint.
Following the ESOS energy audits, the
College asked for further studies to be
undertaken by Kinect and, in February,
a thermal imaging exercise was carried
out. This study concentrated on student
accommodations around Cambridge City
Centre and the College campus.
Opportunities were identified to improve
building insulation and install secondary
double glazing during refits. The study
also identified an opportunity to meter
and charge students for energy use
instead of charging a flat rate as part of
the rent. This measure would encourage
reductions instead of the opposite.
The thermal study also highlighted
significant heat losses around the main
campus buildings that may require
further investigation, improved insulation
and metering.
St John’s College superintendent of
buildings, Steve Beeby, said: “The
partnership between Kinect Energy
Group and our team was excellent.
“Energy audits identified a total of 95
opportunities to save energy, 15 of which
underwent full lifecycle cost analysis,
and predicted that an outlay of £202,900
would deliver an annual saving of
£74,374 with a net present value of
£417,727 to the College.”
Kinect Energy engineering manager,
Adam Pigott, said: “Kinect Energy Group
collaborated with St John’s College to
fully embrace the spirit of the EU’s
Energy Efficiency Directive, ESOS.
“We formulated a strategic approach to
reducing
the
College’s
energy
consumption and costs by metering,
monitoring, and targeting.”
Registration for Kinect Energy’s free
ESOS Phase 2 webinar is open now:
http://tiny.cc/esoswebinar
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