Elmhurst respond to Government's review of Energy & Carbon Reporting

Earlier in the week Elmhurst published its draft response to Government who wish to simplify the current Energy and Carbon Reporting procedures.

Having received feedback from Members Elmhurst is pleased to have completed their response which will be uploaded before tonight's deadline.

Elmhurst Summary of Recommendations:

The concept of ESOS is sound but its light touch was open to abuse. Elmhurst proposes that;

  • The scope of ESOS should be made BREXIT friendly and mirror existing UK definition of mid sized and large companies, such as that used by Companies House. Public and government bodies should be included.
  • The report format should be standardised and aligned with the seven principle of environmental reporting i.e. to be Relevant/ Quantitative / Accurate / Completeness / Consistent / Comparable / Transparent
  • Audits should be undertaken annually.
  • The report submission should be standardised and include identification of industry sector (SIC code), a summary of the opportunities identified and the agreed intensity metric.
  • A company’s performance within the sector should be presented with a rating that identifies the best performing companies
  • The annual report should provide a commentary of progress towards previously identified energy saving opportunities.
  • ESOS assessors should ideally be independent (i.e. not directly employed by the company under assessment) but if not the relationship should be declared.
  • The quality assurance process around the production of ESOS reports needs to be reviewed to ensure consistency and to indentify best practice from which others can learn.

Elmhurst believes that it has a responsibility to represent its Members views to government and we would like to thank those staff and members who gave us the benefit of their knowledge, experience and expertise.

The deadline for responses is 11.45pm 4th January 2018

You can read Elmhurst's final response here.

Full Consultation details are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/streamlined-energy-and-carbon-reporting 

Article Published: 4th January 2018

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