Low Energy Company Scheme
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has calculated that commercial energy costs have more than doubled in the last decade.
Along with technological solutions, reducing these bottom-line costs requires a concerted effort to train employees in how to most efficiently manage energy in the workplace.
A Low Energy Company (LEC) will be one where 25, 50 or 75 per cent of staff have been trained in energy, carbon or water management. This training will be Energy Managers Association (EMA) approved. Companies that achieve these standards will be able to display the LEC logo. To ensure LECs continue to maintain staff training at the required level,
companies will be audited on a regular basis.
The LEC scheme will consist of training in seven fields: air-conditioning, computing, heating, lighting, transport, waste and water. There will be different levels of recognition dependent on the proportion of staff trained and the skill-sets they attain. At present it is envisaged that there will be Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
It will be advantageous and desirable for companies to seek LEC status for three reasons. Firstly, it will be essential to control costs through staff training as the projected increase in energy prices begins to bite. Secondly, the attainment of LEC status will dovetail with organisations’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. Finally, and most significantly, many companies in supply-chains will make the attainment of LEC status a requirement of the procurement process.
The LEC scheme was launched in October 2013 at the conference at the London Zoo as the Zoological Society of London is the first Low Energy Company. Since October 2013 a number of blue chip companies have indicated that they will take part in the process and the aim will be to have companies with over a million employees between them all pledging to become a LEC. These companies will also help their supply chain companies to become LEC qualified, in some cases this could become a mandated requirement.
The concept of LECs feeds into the Government’s agenda. It will help business meet the targets set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act. It will also reduce the demand for electricity and assist in preventing the brownouts that will occur in the United Kingdom, if the supply issues brought about by the decommissioning of old power stations are not met.
The Low Energy Company scheme aims to lay out a road-map for you and your supply chain to achieve this.
EMEX is pleased to support this scheme, organised by the Energy Managers Association (EMA) by providing a seminar theater on Energy Management Training where early adopters of the LEC will share their experiences of the process.