ALMR helps operators comply with new energy audit rules


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A service has been launched by the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers to help operators of bars, pubs and clubs to comply with new rules requiring them to carry out energy audits.

It has partnered with specialist Control Energy Costs to offer tailored advice to its members on how to comply with the new Energy Savings Opportunity (ESOS) scheme.

ESOS is a mandatory scheme requiring businesses employing more than 250 members of staff to undertake periodic energy audits to identify energy-saving opportunities.

These audits will need to take place and be reported every four years. Any UK company that has annual turnover of more than €50million euro (£38,937,777) and a total annual balance sheet of more than €43million (£33,486,489) must also comply by December 5, 2015.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “As we have seen with previous European legislation regarding allergen information, there can sometimes be mixed messages and there is a risk that operators may be overwhelmed by information.

“Businesses will need to undertake careful management and risk assessment at a very busy time of year and there is a risk of additional compliance costs.

“Our latest Benchmarking Survey found that licensed hospitality businesses are spending almost 4% of their annual turnover on utilities and that figure is now likely to rise.

“Using its position as the UK representative to HOTREC, the ALMR has worked to provide its members with the best possible advice and our partnership with CEC aims to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible and provides quantifiable results.

“Rather than being seen as a burden, we hope that licensed hospitality businesses look upon the ESOS scheme as an opportunity to grow their businesses and make considerable cost savings.

“Additionally, we are offering tailored advice in partnership with CEC, not a broker, so our members can be assured of practical, independent support.”

ALMR members should contact almr@cec.uk.com or 01737 559198 for further information.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) last month launched a scheme designed to reduce the costs associated with the ESOS legislation.

The regulations require companies to measure their energy use across their operations, identify areas of significant energy consumption and carry out audits on these processes. Audits then needs to be signed off by a registered ‘lead assessor’.

Working with expert consultants, the BBPA scheme helps brewing and pub businesses navigate the energy-audit process through to them being signed off by a registered “lead assessor”.

Designed specifically for the beer and pub industry, it has the flexibility to allow companies to pay only for the services they need. Companies already measuring their energy usage, for example, will not need to pay for this part of the service.

The main audit tool is a series of questionnaires, tailored for breweries, pubs, company head offices and other energy users. This will identify potential energy-saving measures that companies can choose to implement, including the cost and payback.

The BBPA scheme is open to non-members. Companies have already begun to sign up, reporting that the costs are significantly lower than other offers they have considered.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds, said: “We have put together a flexible, low-cost compliance package that offers great value and is specifically tailored for brewers and pub operators to help them get to grips with these new obligations.

“I am very confident it will prove an attractive offer and that we will rapidly recruit clients from both inside and outside the BBPA membership.”

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