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SGS Bridging the Gap to Further Energy Savings



SGS United Kingdom Ltd is launching workshops to help ESOS compliant companies understand the benefits of moving from ESOS energy assessments to ISO 50001 certification – the only compliance route providing a framework to continually improve energy performance.

Introduced by the government to improve energy performance and meet EU legislation, ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) specifies that businesses with more than 250 employees, €50 million or more in annual turnover and/or a balance sheet exceeding €43 million must undertake an ESOS energy assessment every four years.

Terry Coyle, ISO 50001 Product Manager for SGS said, “Companies needed to comply with ESOS by the end of 2015, but organisations that chose the ESOS assessment route will still need to undertake energy assessments for each future four year phase of ESOS. Accredited certification to ISO 50001 on the other hand, is built into the organisations practises and processes which requires ongoing maintenance by the organisation and monitoring by the certification body, but provided 100% of the energy use is covered by ISO 50001, they are then exempt from future ESOS energy assessments and there is no need to appoint a lead assessor to oversee future compliance.”

SGS have analysed the voluntary questions in the notifications of compliance data released by the Environment Agency (EA); the results of which show a trend that those organisations who complied with ESOS using ISO 50001 energy management systems certification have stronger senior management buy-in for energy saving benchmarks and targets with 54% confirming senior management have discussed the results of their ESOS assessment through ISO 50001, compared to 33% who complied through ESOS assessments. With this senior management buy-in, 97% of the organisations who have complied through ISO 50001 have stated they will act on energy saving measures highlighted through ISO 50001 compared to those organisations who used alternative routes to compliance, which sits at just 11%. This is a vivid confirmation of the benefits of embedding energy management into an organisation’s management practises and processes through the implementation of ISO 50001.

“ISO 50001 provides a more holistic approach to energy management than ESOS assessments and delivers more benefits than any other ESOS compliance route. It’s the only compliance route that is embedded with practices that ensures energy performance improvement and the cost savings that go along with it. If you want to do the bare minimum to meet the ESOS regulation requirements then ESOS assessments will provide this, however, with no requirement to act upon opportunities, organisations may be spending money and not getting anything in return. ISO 50001 is proven to give return on investment,” said Mr Coyle.

The half day workshops offered by the SGS Academy will examine the differences between ESOS energy audits and ISO 50001 – the international standard for energy management systems (EnMS). The workshops will provide participants with an understanding of how to implement ISO 50001 and use their ESOS audit as a foundation to build an EnMS.

Daniel Curling, Manager of the SGS Academy said, “ISO 50001 is the next logical step for organisations that have completed an ESOS assessment and now not only want to realise the cost savings from the opportunities that have been identified, but want to continue to drive energy performance improvement and energy cost reduction. Once a company has undertaken an ESOS energy assessment, a lot of the hard work has been done. Our workshops are aimed at helping delegates figure out where their company fits in and how to bridge the gap to achieve further energy savings.”

Participants who complete the training offered by SGS will learn about how to integrate energy consumption and energy efficiencies gleaned from ESOS assessments into ISO 50001 energy management system. They will also receive a complementary Energy Health Check tool to help them develop an EnMS.

The workshop dates are:

  • 25 May – Heathrow
  • 23 June – Manchester
  • 14 September – Heathrow

The workshops will start at 9am and finish at midday, with the opportunity for networking at the end of the session.

The SGS Academy also offers a range of training in-house, including ISO 50001 introduction and awareness courses, EnMS implementation training, internal EnMS auditor courses and ISO 50001 Lead auditor courses.

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7 New Technologies That Could Radically Change Our Energy Consumption



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Most of our focus on technological development to lessen our environmental impact has been focused on cleaner, more efficient methods of generating electricity. The cost of solar energy production, for example, is slated to fall more than 75 percent between 2010 and 2020.

This is a massive step forward, and it’s good that engineers and researchers are working for even more advancements in this area. But what about technologies that reduce the amount of energy we demand in the first place?

Though it doesn’t get as much attention in the press, we’re making tremendous progress in this area, too.

New Technologies to Watch

These are some of the top emerging technologies that have the power to reduce our energy demands:

  1. Self-driving cars. Self-driving cars are still in development, but they’re already being hailed as potential ways to eliminate a number of problems on the road, including the epidemic of distracted driving ironically driven by other new technologies. However, even autonomous vehicle proponents often miss the tremendous energy savings that self-driving cars could have on the world. With a fleet of autonomous vehicles at our beck and call, consumers will spend less time driving themselves and more time carpooling, dramatically reducing overall fuel consumption once it’s fully adopted.
  2. Magnetocaloric tech. The magnetocaloric effect isn’t exactly new—it was actually discovered in 1881—but it’s only recently being studied and applied to commercial appliances. Essentially, this technology relies on changing magnetic fields to produce a cooling effect, which could be used in refrigerators and air conditioners to significantly reduce the amount of electricity required.
  3. New types of insulation. Insulation is the best asset we have to keep our homes thermoregulated; they keep cold or warm air in (depending on the season) and keep warm or cold air out (again, depending on the season). New insulation technology has the power to improve this efficiency many times over, decreasing our need for heating and cooling entirely. For example, some new automated sealing technologies can seal gaps between 0.5 inches wide and the width of a human hair.
  4. Better lights. Fluorescent bulbs were a dramatic improvement over incandescent bulbs, and LEDs were a dramatic improvement over fluorescent bulbs—but the improvements may not end there. Scientists are currently researching even better types of light bulbs, and more efficient applications of LEDs while they’re at it.
  5. Better heat pumps. Heat pumps are built to transfer heat from one location to another, and can be used to efficiently manage temperatures—keeping homes warm while requiring less energy expenditure. For example, some heat pumps are built for residential heating and cooling, while others are being used to make more efficient appliances, like dryers.
  6. The internet of things. The internet of things and “smart” devices is another development that can significantly reduce our energy demands. For example, “smart” windows may be able to respond dynamically to changing light conditions to heat or cool the house more efficiently, and “smart” refrigerators may be able to respond dynamically to new conditions. There are several reasons for this improvement. First, smart devices automate things, so it’s easier to control your energy consumption. Second, they track your consumption patterns, so it’s easier to conceptualize your impact. Third, they’re often designed with efficiency in mind from the beginning, reducing energy demands, even without the high-tech interfaces.
  7. Machine learning. Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have the power to improve almost every other item on this list. By studying consumer patterns and recommending new strategies, or automatically controlling certain features, machine learning algorithms have the power to fundamentally change how we use energy in our homes and businesses.

Making the Investment

All technologies need time, money, and consumer acceptance to be developed. Fortunately, a growing number of consumers are becoming enthusiastic about finding new ways to reduce their energy consumption and overall environmental impact. As long as we keep making the investment, our tools to create cleaner energy and demand less energy in the first place should have a massive positive effect on our environment—and even our daily lives.

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Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis




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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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