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Connect With The Speakers, Sponsors and Organisers of the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium

Using Listly, we have created the following list of all the Organisers, Speakers, Sponsors and Partners of the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium, which took place on 3rd November 2016 at the Regent Hotel in Berlin.

This allows you to follow and/or connect with those involved with this year’s Symposium. For example, you can follow some of the speakers on Twitter or, where social media profiles didn’t exist, learn more about the company by visiting its website.

Stay tuned for our full post-event write-ups.


Legal Update: Heat Network Regulations

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has confirmed that no regulatory action will be taken for non-compliance with key requirements set out in the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014; namely, in relation to ‘heat suppliers’ testing whether it is cost-effective to fit heat meters in multi-occupancy buildings, and where appropriate, fitting them by 31 December 2016.  However, it must also be noted that the remaining requirements in the regulations are unaffected (for example in relation to installation of heat meters at newly constructed buildings).

BEIS does, however, intend to launch a public consultation on a new cost effectiveness tool and accompanying regulatory amendments in early 2017.

About the Heat Network Regulations

A heat supplier obligated under the regulations is defined as a person (or organisation) who supplies and charges for the supply of heating, cooling or hot water to a final customer, through either communal heating or a district heating network.

Whoever is supplying the end user with heat is classed as a heat supplier. This includes the supply of heat as part of a package – i.e. through a service contract. The contract does not need to explicitly mention the supply of heat. Shared / multi-let offices and shopping centres where heating and/or chilled water is provided to more than one tenant in a building are identified as obligated examples within the guidance document.

Requirements

Heat suppliers were required to notify the National Measurement Office of the existence of heat networks by 31st December 2015.

In addition to notification, heat suppliers were required to test whether it is cost-effective to fit heat meters in multi-occupancy buildings, and where appropriate, fit them by 31 December 2016.

Regulatory Update

The cost effectiveness tool is currently being revised by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Therefore, pending the revision of the tool it is advised that no further assessments should be undertaken.

“The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that it would not be appropriate for them (the FCA) to impose fines or other disciplinary measures in respect of a breach of the requirement within the heat network (metering and billing) regulations 2014 (as amended), that certain heat suppliers must test whether it is cost-effective to fit heat meters in multi-occupancy buildings, and where appropriate, fit them by 31 December 2016.”

“Furthermore, it is unlikely that the FCA would take other regulatory action (where a heat supplier was separately regulated by the FCA) if the only non-compliance was in relation to the requirement to test for and fit meters where cost effective. As such, it is not considered necessary for a heat supplier to inform the FCA if it has been unable to meet this requirement.”

What next?

Following a planned public consultation, BEIS intend to launch the new cost effectiveness tool and accompanying regulatory amendments later in 2017.

EVORA will be watching updates on regulatory amendments in 2017 and can assist you in maintaining your compliance.

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How We Use Big Data To Add Value To Our Clients’ Assets

Big Data in Our Daily Lives


A few weeks ago, whilst on the train, I was browsing my emails when a new, unfamiliar email, landed in my inbox. Opening it, I was told I had earned 30 leaves in the past month. Apparently, I was doing quite well. People in my area had earned, on average, 26 leaves. The email was from Nest, and contained my first report on energy usage.

In its own subtle way, the email showed how Big Data is not just a buzzword, but very much a reality for people in their day-to-day lives. The Internet of Things is enabling huge amounts of data to be recorded and we are being meticulously analysed, whether we like it or not.

Big Data for Sustainability


A couple of years ago, John Hsu wrote about the potential of Big Data use for sustainability. EVORA was already considering the use of Big Data for its clients at that time. We understood the impact that Big Data would create, and have since developed systems for SIERA, our proprietary sustainability software, that allow manual as well as automatic data import. This allows us to accrue vast amounts of data for our clients. The amount of data we store is demonstrated in our recent infographic: SIERA By Numbers.

Once the data is in place, the possibilities for reporting are almost endless. That is why we are currently developing features that will allow clients to shape and visualise their data into meaningful reports.

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As the name suggests, Big Data brings a sense that data can be overwhelming to human perception. The term ‘Data Lake’ has been coined to describe an entity that is difficult to render anything meaningful from. That’s why SIERA provides rich, intuitive reporting features such as its GRESB capabilities. For example, in less than a minute, SIERA can auto-generate an asset data spreadsheet that’s fully aligned to GRESB’s template, ready to be uploaded directly into the GRESB portal; a process that saves our clients a lot of stress, time and money.

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Big Data and Predictive Analysis


But perhaps the biggest selling point of Big Data is its use in predictive analysis – using data to model what will occur. EVORA recognises this powerful use of data and we are working towards features that will enable clients to predict the future.

The obvious benefit is to help reduce cost. One such example is our metering strategy. Earlier I mentioned Nest. Through collation of metering data, we can suggest monitoring and targeting strategies to enable real savings; not just the awarding of leaves!

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However, there are other tangible benefits for Predictive Analytics. It could also suggest disruptive methods that may realise an advantage by changing policy or practice.

How Big Data Will Continue to Shape SIERA


As the Big Data concept matures further, there will no doubt be more possibilities not yet realised. We will continue to build  more functionality into SIERA to enable our clients to get the insights and information they need to improve their sustainability efforts. This helps each client with their long-term aim of adding value to their assets and retaining tenants.

As for my Nest leaf count, I’ll keep you posted…


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IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016: Key Takeaways for the Commercial Real Estate Sector

About 10 days ago, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released the long awaited Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016, confirming the agency’s growing support for energy efficiency policies and initiatives worldwide. One of the key themes of the report was the emphasis on the critical contribution that energy efficiency can make to broader energy policy goals.

With investment in energy efficiency in 2015 reaching $221 billion and energy intensity improving by 1.8% in the same year, the IEA confirmed that energy efficiency initiatives have reached a sufficient scale to influence global energy markets. The energy intensity improvement seen in 2015 amounts to triple the average rate seen over the past decade, which is a considerable advance, especially in the context of relatively low energy prices. The progress so far should, however, be seen in the context long term targets – as the IEA emphasizes, substantial further improvements will be required to ensure a smooth and timely transition to a sustainable energy system. Particular emphasis is given to the implementation of policy in areas which are either not regulated or subject to inadequate policies.

Given that an estimated 70% of global energy consumption is not subject to any efficiency requirements at present, the scope for improvement is substantial.

The regulation of previously unregulated areas of energy consumption is, however, not the only way to achieve substantial improvements. While the report analyses energy efficiency in the context of a wide range of sectors (e.g. energy intensive industries, light-duty vehicles, rail, shipping and aviation, envelope, lighting, appliances) the real estate sector clearly stands out. In 2015, the real estate sector (commercial, industrial and residential buildings) accounted for 53% of global incremental investments into energy efficiency; more than the next two largest sectors (transport and industry), combined.

Energy efficiency as the fuel of economic development

The report takes an interesting approach to energy efficiency, prompting readers to think about it as the “first fuel” – an energy resource which is available to all energy system stakeholders in abundance and whose integration into energy development strategies can yield varied but important savings and benefits. The IEA highlights energy efficiency as a means to reduce emissions, help tackle air pollution concerns and climate change, but also praises it for its capability to lower energy expenditure. The report also places a lot of focus on the ways in which energy efficiency can help satisfy growing energy demand, improve energy access and energy security and ultimately contribute to economic resilience and the betterment of living standards. The priorities and goals of stakeholders committing to energy efficiency schemes will inevitably vary based on their specific circumstances.

The main achievement of the Energy Efficiency Market Report 2016 is that it manages to bridge the gap between sectors and stakeholders by portraying energy efficiency as a tool which can not only help deliver existing energy and climate goals but also bring about a broader range of the positive impacts such as those listed above.

Key takeaways for the commercial real estate sector

While being subject to a wide range of energy efficiency policies (including Energy Performance Certificates, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme in the UK), the commercial real estate sector retains significant potential for further improvement.

On the one hand, energy expenditure in commercial real estate office buildings, for example, usually accounts for a large share of building service charge costs, providing a strong bottom-up incentive to improve energy efficiency. On the other hand, commercial real estate buildings make up a high share of global energy consumption and are also seen as having a wide range of energy savings opportunities, which raises their importance in the eyes of policy-makers. The combination of these top-down and bottom-up factors is a growing interest in the pursuit of energy efficiency in the sector.

What renders the commercial real estate sector truly unique is the range of market-driven certification, assessment and benchmarking initiatives which set an ever increasing industry standard for resource management and efficiency.

Initiatives such as BREEAM, LEED, HQE, ENERGY STAR and GRESB all reinforce incentives for stakeholders to measure and improve energy performance. Moreover, while energy management only constitutes one aspect evaluated in many of these initiatives, the identification and redressing of inefficiencies can go hand in hand with a stakeholder’s ability to attain higher scores.

So how can commercial real estate assets progress towards their potential for energy efficiency?

Our recommendation is to start with a robust measurement and analysis strategy which can, for instance, be undertaken as part of an asset and/or portfolio energy assessment aligned to standards such as ISO 50001. Such an approach is established on the basis of improving accuracy and completeness of energy consumption data which is fundamental in identifying potential areas to enhance energy management and improve efficiency. Analysis can then form the basis of meaningful performance improvement targets and ongoing monitoring and reporting to ensure continued progress. Such ongoing, documented processes will support in voluntary reporting to indices and certification, which can in turn provide an incentive for further improvements.

The growing interest and participation we have witnessed in voluntary certification, assessment and benchmarking initiatives, such as GRESB, are certainly a very good indicator of the commercial real estate sector’s engagement in energy management.


To gain more insight into the ways in which commercial real estate assets can benefit from becoming more energy efficient, refer to one of the following case studies:

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A Brief Note from EXPO REAL 2016 in Munich

Three days of back-to-back meetings with property funds and investors? Sounds good to us!

I’ve managed to find five minutes between meetings to write a brief note from Munich. Here are my key points…

EXPO REAL is an amazing industry event with incredible representation from an enormous cross-section of the real estate investment community.

It’s been three days of great networking and back-to-back meetings, with meaningful and engaging discussions. Sustainability is being talked about seriously.

From the conversations we’ve had, GRESB has clearly been very impactful, with good data and sustainability systems like our SIERA being important in understanding performance to ensure a return on investment is achieved.

What’s trending from a sustainability angle?

  • Asset certification is seen as more and more important, especially in Germany
  • GRESB and how many green stars funds have achieved
  • Sustainability is now high up on the agenda of everyone we’ve spoken with

We’re looking forward to continuing the sustainability / GRESB / responsible property investment / energy management conversations with as many people as possible at next month’s 40 Percent Symposium in Berlin.


Since 2011, the 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in sustainability within the commercial real estate sector.

Its mission is to bring you the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial real estate investment, occupation and ownership.

Property investors, occupiers and owners will meet in Berlin on 3rd November for the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium.

Book your place today!



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Leading the Sustainable Revolution with a Business-Driven Evolution

Sustainable Commercial Solutions rebrands as EVORA


The last five years have been a whirlwind.

Driven by a desire to show that sustainability is a professional service in its own right, and convinced by the value it can deliver to the commercial real estate sector, Paul Sutcliffe, Ed Gabbitas and I launched Sustainable Commercial Solutions back in early 2011.

We haven’t looked back – not that we’ve had any time to!

Since those early days, we:

  • have expanded to a team of 15 (and will soon be 18)
  • are delivering a full scope of sustainability services to major investors across Europe
  • have developed a unique sustainability software system, SIERA, specifically for the property sector, which is taking the market by storm
  • are redefining M&E consultancy with a unique energy-focused offering delivering resource efficiency to major funds
  • have become a GRESB Premier Partner and supported our clients on 41 submissions this year alone, with SIERA delivering immense efficiency and automation

So we’ve been pretty busy!


Driven by Our Values

From our humble beginnings we have held firm to our core values of professionalism, honesty and integrity, with an absolute commitment to deliver the very highest quality of service to our clients in all that we do. I am sure many may say similar things, but we truly live and breathe this with a passion and the trusted long-term relationships we have built up with all our clients are testament to this.

Over the years, our focus has been to passionately develop our advisory services and technology platforms to deliver leading-edge solutions that focus as much on good business sense and a return on investment as delivering on the green agenda. This practical approach has been extremely well received by our clients.


Increasing Our Market Presence

More recently, we have recognised the importance of promoting all that we do. In May this year we brought in Russ Avery, a very talented marketing professional, as our Marketing Director. Since then, there is no doubt our profile has gone through an amazing trajectory but whilst still standing firm to our true values. Numerous thought leadership pieces and important forthcoming events, with collaboration from industry leaders, are enabling us to share our experience and knowledge to a far greater audience; this is really exciting, especially as we see how quickly sustainability is transforming this industry.

But let’s get back to the really exciting news… Sustainable Commercial Solutions is no longer – we are now EVORA.

Russ comments:

“Sustainable Commercial Solutions had always been focused on helping its clients to reap the business rewards of sustainability. But its branding was not reflective of that.

I identified an opportunity for us to own a brand that reflected not only the professional side of sustainability, but also our deep expertise in commercial real estate. To do that, we had to move away from the overused nature-based branding that is typical of the ‘green’ sector, and move more into the professional services realm.

The elegant EVORA logo evokes the visual metaphor of a floorplan and conveys our professional, strategic and planned approach to what can often feel like a minefield to our clients.”

EVORA, although not an acronym, emerged organically from our discussions on the transformation and impact sustainability is having on the property industry, and the associated evolution (EVO) of real estate assets (RA). It also recognises our own evolution and provides us with a strong professional brand, which far better represents our identity.

I am very proud of what we have achieved to date as a committed team of professionals, but this represents a step change for our company and positions us strongly for the future.


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5 Reasons You Should Attend The 40 Percent Symposium on 3rd Nov

EVORA is delighted to be co-hosting the 7th Annual 40 Percent Symposium, taking place on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at the Regent Hotel in Berlin.

Since the first event in London in 2011, The 40 Percent Symposium has established itself as the leading resource for those working in sustainability within the commercial real estate sector, focusing specifically on the impact that sustainability has on the value of commercial property.

Its mission is to bring its delegates the latest thinking on sustainability in commercial real estate investment, occupation and ownership.

Here are five reasons you should attend this year’s Symposium…

 

1. Return to Germany

This year marks a welcome return of the 40 Percent Symposium to Germany, after having been held in London in 2015. As Germany continues to be a world leader in both the renewable energy sector and sustainable policymaking, Berlin seems like a natural host city for this year’s Symposium.

Discover a bit about the Regent Berlin.

 

2. New Hosts & Organisers Reinvigorating the Event

One of the biggest changes to this year’s Symposium is that it has brand new co-hosts and organisers; our German consultancy partner, ES EnviroSustain, and us!

Here’s what my colleague and Managing Partner at ES EnviroSustain, Dr. Birgit Memminger-Rieve, has to say about this year’s Symposium:

“We are very excited to reinvigorate the event this year and to bring it back to Germany, where the Symposium has always attracted the leaders from the European commercial real estate sector, gaining continuously excellent feedback.

We are also delighted to give our Symposium an even more international and also practical focus with our Best Practice session in the afternoon, when we will be welcoming experts from Sponda (Finland), Vasakronan (Sweden), deematrix and Grundfos (both Germany), and Sonae Sierra (Portugal) just to name a few.”

Learn more about the Symposium and its organisers.

 

3. Hear From 15 Guest Speakers

This year’s Symposium has some excellent speakers lined up, including Martin Brühl from Union Investment and Thies Grothe from ZIA in our Politics Session, which will look at Europe’s way to carbon neutrality for the real estate sector.

Our second session will look at not only the risks, but also the multiple opportunities for the sector. We are delighted to welcome Whitney Austin Gray from the United States to talk about health and wellbeing for building users, and Lonneke Löwik from the Netherlands to give you some insights about GRESB and how it can help to better manage all aspects of sustainability.

View all 15 Guest Speakers.

 

4. An Engaging, Cutting-Edge Agenda

This year’s Symposium will identify how and if the sustainability discussion/hype around 2007-2011 has found its way into the daily business procedures of investors, landlords, and project developers.  Focusing on three core sessions of politics, economics & risks and global best practice, with a keynote address from Martin Brühl, Managing Director of Union Investment and RICS Past President 2015/2016, as well as packed agenda of industry leaders, sharing their insight on the future and best practice of sustainability in commercial real estate.

View the full agenda.

 

5. Network With Your Peers From Across Europe

And last but not least… The Symposium is well-known for being an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues, learn from each other’s experiences, and make new acquaintances.

The format of the conference encourages open and informal discussion between industry leaders on the key topics impacting the industry. Key trends and new best practices are highlighted, enabling investors, portfolio owners and project developers to make decisions that will ensure that the investments and acquisitions made in the present, will deliver profit and value going forward, whilst continuing to be sustainable.

“To come to a 40 Percent Symposium is to join a committed and thoughtful audience of like-minded property and investment professionals who understand the need to deliver a sustainable future in property.”

John Pike, 40 Percent Symposium Founder


Register your attendance today!

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Health and Wellbeing – The Next ‘Sustainability’?

As a society, more and more of us are adopting city lifestyles and increasingly spending a greater proportion of our time inside (an estimated 90% of our day inside buildings), without thinking too much about how we interact with those buildings and vice-versa.

Along comes the concept of ‘health and wellbeing.’ A phrase that initially sounds insubstantial to most, but has been established by a rush of recent research discussing the benefits it can bring to building occupiers. With the likes of GRESB, UKGBC, WELL conducting research, quantifying and discussing health and wellbeing, this looks to be the next big topic grabbing business’ attention. We look to see where the value lies in businesses adopting health and wellbeing, or whether this is just the next hollow buzzword across the industry.

So, what does this all mean? Health and wellbeing revolves around two basic principles:

  • Altering building aspects (e.g. daylight, air quality, thermal control community space) for a more productive work environment. Shown in Figure 1 as the ‘physiological’ factors, altering the ways which our body reacts to the environment it is in.
  • The incorporation of operational schemes into working environments (flexible working, learning opportunities). The ‘psychological’ aspects, those that affect our mental attitude in the working environment.
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Figure 1: Atkins (2016) ‘Wellbriefing – About Wellbeing’. Source below.

The case for Health and Wellbeing

1. Financial Value

One of the main arguments in favour of the concept is the general acceptance that most of us are more productive working in well-lit, thermally comfortable offices with good air quality as opposed to dark, dingy spaces – with this improved workspace encouraging the greater productivity of staff and, in turn, generating greater returns from staff.

With staff costs typically accounting for around 90% of overall operating costs (Figure 2 below), maintaining employee productivity through health and wellbeing measures can provide substantial monetary value for all businesses, regardless of size.

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Figure 2: World Green Building Council (2014) ‘Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices’. Source below.

2. Health and Welfare

Perhaps a fairly obvious point to most of us, but the correlation between health and happiness is an aspect that should not be overlooked for the value it can bring to businesses. Healthier staff are typically associated with lower levels of absenteeism, deductions in sickness leave and higher retention levels in the jobs/buildings which enhance this (PwC UK, 2008).

3. Attract Talent and Business

This is more of a long-term influence. While improvements can be made to the satisfaction levels and retention of current employees and tenants, aspects such as the incorporation of community space, ergonomic work spaces and transport links (which are all associated as health and wellbeing metrics) are also considered as attractive ‘pull factors’ for work environments – attracting new staff and clients to businesses/buildings.

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While research into health and wellbeing metrics is increasingly conducted, criticism arises in the lack of tangible ways to measure the progress of improvement measures put into place. While building aspects provide an easier method of measurement (for example, air quality samples can be regularly taken with IAQ meters); operational schemes, such as additional community space, are not so easily measured.

And so comes the introduction of the WELL Standard. A scheme developed by Delos, after 7 years of research, to add a measure, best practice and a benchmark to the concept. The standard is lengthy – 238 pages – covering the seven core aspects of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. While the adoption of the WELL Standard has been slow in the UK, with only 4 registered WELL projects, its outlook to provide a measurement to this increasingly discussed topic will undoubtedly see that is acts as a major player in this growing field.

Who are the real drivers?

With a number of benefits being thrown around by many, excitement is growing for this new up-and-coming trend – but where is this excitement coming from? Health and wellbeing is a principle that is driven by and for building occupiers and, with many occupants never giving any thought to the concept before, it could be that the missing link to this all is engagement with tenants throughout the process.

To date, health and wellbeing is typically only driven through large institutions, who generally view the trend as another way to differentiate the services they provide. This raises questions to the practical relevance of health and wellbeing – if changes in associated aspects/schemes will be relevant across a multitude of building dynamics and to SME’s, as well as large institutions.

Looking ahead…

At present, health and well-being is held back by a number of questions surrounding the tangible ways to measure and monitor attributed aspects and the practical relevance of the trend. While aspects such as access to exercise and the abundance of community space are consistently mentioned as key attributes to consider for health and well-being improvements, the psychological improvements which these bring to individuals are hard to monitor progress on. Buildings are also extremely dynamic, adding further complications in the lack of a ‘one model fits all’ approach.

Ultimately, the key issue continues to be – who is health and wellbeing for? Is this truly a no-brainer that all institutions should incorporate or is this just another case of an emerging buzzword with little substance? However important, health and wellbeing is an emerging trend throughout the industry that should not be ignored in passing and one which EVORA will continue to engage with, through our consultancy and market-leading sustainability software SIERA.

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Improving our air quality with the windows open in the EVORA office – shame the trains disrupt our noise levels!

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Recapping The Energy Institute’s ‘Energy Management-Meeting the Standard’ Conference

Attending conferences can sometimes be a hit and miss affair in this industry. After frequenting a few of these events, both in my current role as a sustainability consultant and in my previous career as an environmental manager in the construction sector, I am all too wary of how easily these events can turn into a series of sales pitches provided by various companies presenting.

I needn’t have worried, the conference, run by the Energy Institute, involved a series of half hour talks from various sectors on a wide variety of energy related topics, all of which were 100% relevant to EVORA and more importantly, our clients.

The talks provided valuable snapshots of the great work being undertaken under the umbrella of energy efficiency and also provided some solid information on the impacts of regulations and policies.

Here is a summary of key points.

 

Article 8 Across Europe

Dr Martin Krusker of Siemens was asked, “who has implemented the requirements of Article 8 the best across Europe?”

Answer, the UK. The opinion of ESOS across the UK varies widely (some organisations considered it a pure legal compliance requirement whilst others saw a real opportunity to drive improvement) and, as a result, I was not expecting this response. From my experience, I felt that many of the smaller organisations just captured by the scheme found it a burden. There is also the issue, the white elephant in the room, that nobody has to action anything identified within ESOS audits….

The Environment Agency were consistently vocal in their opinion that thousands of businesses were going to be non-compliant – even though, as far as I’m aware there have been no penalties served, as yet, on these businesses.

However, it seems that in comparison to the remainder of Europe the UK did a stand-out job. Nevertheless, it is clear we should not rest on our achievements, there is plenty to improve upon during the next compliance phase.

 

Progression with ISO50001

The ISO50001 Standard is to undergo review to align with the high level structure of other recently revised standards (ISO14001:2015 and ISO9001:2015). The expectation is that this will be issued in January 2019 with a three-year implementation period.  If you want to get involved in the process of re-drafting the ISO50001 Standard, keep your eyes peeled for further updates on the EVORA website.

In Germany there is a tax incentive scheme for businesses which introduce ISO50001. Take-up of ISO50001 in Germany is therefore much higher than the rest of the world, Germany on its own accounts for more than 50% of all ISO50001 certifications. With Germany already being ahead of the UK in terms of renewable energy and pro-active energy policies it is yet another example of innovative policy making that results in German companies taking more responsibility in managing their energy consumption. I hope someday that the UK government will take as positive a stance as their German counterparts.

 

Energy Markets and Private Wire Systems

Talking about energy market costs culminated in a discussion on the potential of private wire systems to negate the continual rise of energy cost ‘add-ons’.

Historically, energy costs were made up of 60% the actual cost of a unit of energy with 40% added on for extras such as availability charges, demand charges, feed in tariff, climate change levy, distribution costs and so on. However, we are now moving to a point where this proportion is reversed, with 60% of energy costs being from ‘add-ons’, therefore the fluctuation in the actual cost of energy is making up less than half of the total cost of energy.

A private wire system removes these ‘add-ons’. Although only generally applicable to large demand energy users located in feasible areas, the opportunity to tap into local renewable energy projects in order to save costs and use a renewable supply is becoming an attractive option to some. This could become a viable option for some businesses if the proportion of ‘add-ons’ in energy costs continue to grow towards an unsustainable level.

 

Thoughts for the Future

These were just three of many talking points of the day. Although the next ESOS compliance deadline may seem like a distant worry, this event served as a reminder of the importance in determining how you can get the best out of a proactive energy management strategy (and value for money!)

However, as sustainability professionals we must lead by example and the venue was a timely reminder that there really is a long way to go before sustainability is naturally embedded. The conference room included multiple large halogen lights giving off vast amounts of heat combatted by huge industrial fans for cooling leading to a stuffy energy intensive bubble. A considerable faux pas for an energy management conference! Additionally, the travel information provided prior to the event listed detailed car directions, car parking facilities and airport links (with details of taxi journey lengths) before even mentioning train or bus options. Without joined up thinking and understanding, sustainability will never become the norm.

The event lasted for a day, but the topics discussed will be key themes in the sustainability arena for years to come.

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