BRUSSELLS: 4-yearly audits
The Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS) will help freight companies comply with the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) says FTA.
In the latest Government publication of best practice guidance, the LCRS, managed by the Freight Transport Association, is highlighted as a scheme that can help companies in scope of ESOS compile the necessary freight transport data for energy audits.
Covering transport, buildings and industrial operations, in accordance with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, large companies will be required to conduct energy audits every four years.
The first audits will take place by 5 December 2015.
Over 7,000 companies affected by ESOS will be required to appoint a lead external energy assessor or in-house expert, listed on a professional register approved by the Environment Agency, to oversee the audits.
With fuel representing on average 40% of a logistics company’s operating costs many fleet operators are already implementing voluntary energy efficient actions across their business.
Rachael Dillon, Climate Change Policy Manager at the FTA, said: “The LCRS collects simple fuel and business activity data and could clearly assist freight operators with ESOS.
“We are pleased that DECC’s best practice guidance recognises the LCRS as a mechanism to help manage the freight transport data required for ESOS.”
“It is only right that companies improve energy efficiency but we remain concerned that the ESOS could end up being a costly and burdensome exercise for businesses.
Many companies affected by ESOS are also participating in the Carbon Reduction Commitment and even under scope of Mandatory Greenhouse Gas reporting obligations.
“Although data can be shared across reporting requirements, we remain concerned that a myriad of policies could lead to increased complication and cost.”