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Top Safety Accreditation for Envantage Ltd

Manchester-based Envantage Ltd has been awarded continued accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Operating throughout the UK, Envantage helps organisations to manage their energy and carbon reduction more effectively through a comprehensive portfolio of services. The company’s clients include major players such as JD Williams, McBride and Arnold Clark as well as many well-known local companies and industries across the country.

The company’s on-going Safecontractor accreditation is driven by dedication to a uniform standard across the business.

“We are known for our high quality work, in areas such as Climate Change Agreements, energy compensation schemes for industry, energy audits, and M&T” noted Colin Hindmarsh, Managing Director at Envantage.

“Our Safecontractor accreditation shows that this quality also extends to our approach to health and safety”.

Safecontractor enhances the company’s ability to support high profile clients as well as win new contracts. Its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

The scheme is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors or consultants who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place.”

“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Envantage has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.

Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme.

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ISO 50001 under revision after 5 successful years

The ISO 50001 standard for Energy management systems, which has proven valuable since its introduction five years ago, is now under review to ensure it remains a useful tool.

By the end of 2014 nearly 7,000 organisations had certified to the new standard.

ISO 50001 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. The framework helps organisations to achieve continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency.

In June 2016, experts from nearly 30 countries met in Stockholm to discuss and advance the revision work, to ensure ISO 50001 remains suitable for all types of businesses and organisations around the world.

An international conference on the implementation of ISO 50001 was also held in conjunction. The event was an opportunity to learn from success stories, such as how 70% of Sweden’s industrial energy is covered by ISO 50001.


How Envantage Can Help

Envantage has extensive experience with effective energy management for industries and businesses, including ISO 50001 accreditation.

To discuss what ISO 50001 would mean for your organisation, speak to our team today.

Tel: +44 (0) 800 054 2577

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ESOS compliance audits and enforcement underway

Compliance audits have now been scheduled to ensure that participants of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) have met all scheme requirements.

Meanwhile, organisations who have yet to comply with ESOS can expect a framework of escalating enforcement response.


“Participants should be prepared for audit and ensure that they keep and maintain evidence to show how they have complied with the scheme,” says the Environment Agency’s latest update.

The next set of ESOS compliance audits will be carried out from August 2016 – March 2017.

Initial audits were carried out by external contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency in early 2016, in order to identify key risk areas for mistakes.

While none of the participants failed the audit, 65% passed only with remedial actions. Most errors were made in relation to organisational structure, but areas such as cost benefit analysis and energy profiling also required remedial action.



Organisations who have not yet complied with ESOS can expect to hear from the Environment Agency’s dedicated ESOS Enforcement Team, whose enforcement process is underway since April 2016.

The latest figures show that over 1,500 organisations who are required to participate have still not made any submission.

Compliance notices have already been served to those deemed to be at the highest risk.

All non-compliant organisations can expect to be contacted, as part of an escalating enforcement strategy that can ultimately result in civil penalties.


How Envantage Can Help

Envantage helps organisations comply with ESOS and minimise any potential fines.

Our experienced team of approved ESOS lead assessors and Chartered Energy Managers will deliver your ESOS compliance with added value and full support. Find out how our clients have rated our ESOS services.

To start your compliance process, contact our team today.

Tel: +44 (0) 800 054 2577

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Envantage at TELCA Awards 2016 – Energy Management Champion nomination

Energy and carbon consultancy Envantage are proud to have been nominated for a TELCA Award, in the Energy Management Champion category.

The Envantage team celebrated with the rest of the energy industry at the award ceremony held on 30 June at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.

Now in their fourth year running, the prestigious TELCA awards promote excellence in the energy sector.

Being shortlisted for the Energy Management Champion award reflects Envantage’s comprehensive range of energy management services, offered alongside compliance, carbon and water management, procurement, and administration of energy discount schemes for manufacturers.

The TELCA Awards 2016 shortlist and winners can be viewed here. Envantage would like to congratulate all nominated businesses, and the winners of each category.


How Envantage can help

Envantage’s energy management services include the three essential foundations, with support from our experienced Chartered Energy Managers:
energy management systems (ISO 50001)
staff awareness training
monitoring and targeting

To get started, contact us today.


Tel: +44 (0) 800 054 2577

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Brexit impact on energy and carbon management




The UK has voted to exit the European Union in the referendum held on 23 June 2016.

Businesses and industries will now need to adapt their energy and carbon management to reflect future changes to energy markets, regulations and incentives.

Once the UK invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal legal process of leaving the EU will begin and give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal.

This period of negotiation will clarify the nature of the UK-EU relationship after Brexit, and future energy and carbon costs and opportunities.

Envantage is on hand to help UK companies navigate this period of change.

Although these are early days, the following developments are considered likely:


Energy Procurement

We are currently seeing stable electricity and gas prices on the back of well supplied systems.

However, future rates are likely to be volatile due to uncertainties in the sterling and the potential for the increased cost of gas imports. Longer term, the UK will continue to be influenced by the global energy market. Brexit may affect investor uncertainty and funding availability, with consequences for energy security and investment in generation capacity and the grid.

The Envantage procurement team can help you access the best supply contracts for your business moving forward.


The CRC Scheme, The CCL And Climate Change Agreements (CCAs)

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and Climate Change Levy (CCL) are both the UK Government’s own schemes, and it is generally considered that these are unlikely to change.

The 2016 Budget announced that the CRC scheme will end April 2019 and the CCL will see a substantial step increase at that point, with Climate Change Agreements (CCAs) kept in place until at least 2023 offering higher CCL discounts to ensure that energy intensive industries remain protected.



The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s implementation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.

Regardless of Brexit, it is expected that the format of ESOS will change in future, with the Government announcing plans in the Budget 2016 to simplify and combine the range of existing energy reporting schemes.



Companies participating in the EU ETS may face complications such as the validity of allowances when the UK leaves the EU.

However there is cause to believe that some form of similar emissions trading scheme will continue after Brexit, particularly as the UK already has national implementation measures and compensation schemes in place.


Renewables Incentives

EU legislation has contributed to an increase in renewable generation in the UK. However the UK government has its own legally binding carbon emissions targets to meet, and ministers have reiterated the UK’s position as a leader in the low-carbon movement post Brexit. It is therefore difficult to comment on what changes lie ahead the support of green generation.


How Envantage can help

Envantage provides specialist energy and carbon management services to businesses and industries across the UK.

Please contact our team today to discuss how Brexit will affect your costs, procurement, regulatory compliance and cost-saving opportunities.


Call: +44 (0) 800 054 2577




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The UK could save up to £8bn a year by using electricity better

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According to a report by The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) the UK could save up to £8bn a year by using electricity better.

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) envisages a smart energy revolution with more cables linking the National Grid to mainland Europe.

The Commission said that smart power, based on improved energy storage technology and demand flexibility provided by the internet of things, could help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets as well as secure the UK’s energy supply in the generations to come.

The report suggests the nation should pursue additional interconnectors with other European countries where the benefits are most significant.

Investing in energy storage will provide greater balancing potential supporting an increase in renewable generation, as well as supporting local systems in managing disruptive energy use models arising from increased electrification of heat and vehicles.

By connecting thousands of web-enabled appliances to the grid we can reduce supply pressures at peak times, minimising the need for additional plant capacity. Such demand flexibility is already being used by larger organisations such as supermarkets and hotels to support National Grid in times of high demand.

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UK Energy Statistics, Q2 2015


Wind, solar and bioenergy surge to supply a record 25% of the country’s electricity for a whole quarter, outstripping coal for first time in UK electricity mix. It now comes into second place behind gas fired electricity.

The revelation of the surge in wind, solar and bioenergy to a record 25% comes in a week when the government has been heavily criticised for cutting support for clean energy.

The two biggest renewable producers were biofuel and wind (combined on- and offshore), with solar and hydro representing comparatively little power.

The UK government has released a report on the state of renewable energy generation in the country. 

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HM Government Consultation: Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape


The Chancellor recently promised to review the business energy regulatory framework and a consultation has been launched to discover the opinions and concerns of British businesses.

In ‘Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape’, the Treasury proposes to create a system where a single business or organisation faces one tax and one reporting scheme. In doing so they will abolish the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment), the scheme in which large energy users in the public and private sectors are required to buy allowances for every tonne of carbon they emit.

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Following the announcement of a review of the business energy efficiency tax landscape at the Summer Budget, this consultation seeks evidence from a number of stakeholders and sets out policy proposals to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the landscape in supporting the Government’s objectives around simplicity, productivity, security of energy supplies and decarbonisation.We would be interested in hearing from:

  • businesses
  • representative bodies
  • public and third sector organisations
  • think tanks
  • academics and other interested parties


How Envantage can help

Envantage helps organisations to manage their carbon reduction more efficiently and effectively through a comprehensive portfolio of services. We operate across all sectors throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe, and are a totally independent organisation with a client base of industrial and commercial organisations.

Envantage was incorporated in April 2004 by experienced professionals within the energy supply industry with a vast knowledge of energy procurement, energy efficiency and energy legislation.


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DECC proposing to cut solar feed-in tariff rates by 87%


The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to cut the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87%.

Publishing the outcome of the long-awaited feed-in tariff review, the government is proposing deep cuts to all bands from 1 January 2016.

Below are the proposed generation tariffs for 1 January 2016:

Capacity Feed-in tariff rate (p/kWh)
0-10kW 1.63
10-50kW 3.69
50-250kW 2.64
250-1000kW 2.28
>1MW 1.03
Stand alone 1.03

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme was set up in 2010 to promote small-scale renewables by ensuring householders, communities or businesses are paid a set tariff by electricity suppliers for the power their projects generate.

Despite its success, government officials once again fear renewable energy subsidies are set to bust through the Treasury-imposed spending cap, known as the Levy Control Framework (LCF), pushing up “green levies” for bill payers.

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Worrying statistics show just 120 businesses are ESOS compliant


In February we reported that Half of manufacturers don’t know about ESOS.

Now, with less than four months to go to the deadline, just a tiny fraction of the estimated 10,000-plus businesses that fall under the new energy efficiency scheme have met their legal requirements.

A recent report has raised major concerns regarding ESOS compliance deadlines.

  • 88 firms must comply, every single day, in order to meet UK ESOS deadlines by December 5th


  • 60 per cent of companies have not set a budget to conduct their ESOS audits. Some may be waiting for their next financial year to release their auditing budgets.


  • 53% of firms interviewed in EDIE’s recent energy survey said they would use in-house measurement and reporting to comply. Industry commentators suggest it takes three months to a year for in-house staff to learn how to carry out an audit.


The concern here is if these companies do not have an in-house lead assessor working with them, they will still need to rely on an external lead assessor. This is a risk with the possibility that the lead assessor will not sign off on the reports if they are not to the required standard. This is also compounded by the lack of availability of external assessors at this time. With only a few months to go this could be a serious risk to businesses.


What is ESOS


ESOS is a mandatory energy auditing scheme affecting around 7,000 companies in the UK. Latest research shows that around a quarter of affected companies are yet to act, despite the impending compliance deadline of 5th December 2015.

Click here to see a list of potential fines for non compliance.


How Envantage can help


There are limited registered Lead Assessor available to help you meet compliance and with a large number of companies yet to take action, prices are expected to rise significantly over the next few months.

Envantage have a range of Lead Assessors and a team of energy efficiency specialists ready to help you meet ESOS compliance and deliver real energy savings.


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