Equinix and Telecity waste no time in energy efficiency audit

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Survey_tick webEquinix and Telecity were among the first organisations in the UK to complete energy efficiency audits required by the government.

The Environment Agency has published fresh data on the firms that submitted energy audits ahead of the Energy Savings Obligation Scheme (Esos) deadline.

The scheme, part of European legislation, requires larger organisations to conduct an energy audit and have it signed off by a board director. The deadline for submitting paperwork passed last month.

The list of 5939 organisations that made the cutoff is published under the government’s open data initiative. While some doubt remains over how many organisations actually qualify for the scheme (the EA sent out some 14,000 reminder letters last year), the Agency will not be publishing a list of those that may now face potential enforcement action.

The data suggests that as little as 13% of organisations (794 out of 5939) have a quantitative target to reduce energy. Equinix was in the minority of firms that disclosed a target, stating that was to “work towards a PUE of 1.6 for electricity”.

Board apathy

Meanwhile, only around a quarter of respondents (1400 organisations), said their board had discussed the results of the Esos assessment.

Those figures support findings by Mission Critical Power publisher Energyst Media that energy efficiency remains too low on board priorities – and that Esos had made little impact on that front –  although our latest reader survey suggests energy is moving up the agenda.

The data also confirms how the push for compliance got off to a sluggish start.

Inertia

As of 26 May 2015, only 32 firms had notified the agency of compliance.

By 5 November, a month ahead of the original deadline, only 728 organisations had submitted their paperwork.

The agency then added six week’s grace for notification of compliance, but around a third of the total notifications submitted (1925) were filed between 1 December and 4 December. That makes 4 December peak Esos, with 13% of firms (or 778 of the total 5939) submitting paperwork that day. Only 14 firms left it until 5 December.

Outfits leaving their paperwork to the very last minute, on the revised date of 29 January, include football clubs Arsenal, Celtic and Leeds United.

See the full Esos dataset here.

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