Friday, 30 October 2015

Overextended yourself?


Confused about the ESOS compliance deadline?

We have put together this handy guide below, which contains some good news for ISO 50001 users!

Environment Agency (EA) advice on 5th December deadline
If an organisation makes a late notification they would be expected to keep records in their evidence pack of their efforts towards ESOS compliance, including appointment of a lead assessor, prior to the deadline. If your organisation cannot comply fully by 5 December 2015, you will need to inform the EA of this by the same date via an online portal, giving information on why you have been unable to comply and when you expect to submit your notification of compliance. Details of how to do this will be made available on the DECC ESOS webpages and via the ESOS newsletter nearer the deadline. Such organisations are advised to do as much as they can before the deadline.

Subject to the above enforcement action will be deferred until 29 January 2016 or if the ISO 50001 alternative is being used 30th June 2016.



CIBSE Certification and ISO 50001 
ISO 50001 is an international standard based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organisations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management and provides organisations with the requirements for energy management systems. The standard provides an internationally recognised framework to manage and improve their energy performance.

In addition to the widely recognised benefits of compliance with ISO 50001 such as cutting energy consumption and cost and reducing exposure to rising costs, the ESOS Regulations introduced in 2014 exempt energy use that is covered by ISO 50001 certification issued by a suitably accredited Certification Body.

CIBSE Certification Ltd is one of the first to be approved by the Environment Agency to operate a register of Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Lead Assessors and already has trained professionals certified as competent to carry our assessments for qualifying organisations.

How to become a CIBSE ESOS Lead Assessor
The ESOS regulations require that the ESOS Lead Assessors be sourced from approved existing schemes run by professional bodies, such as the CIBSE Low Carbon Consultants register.


CIBSE Certification are UKAS accredited for the ISO 50001 Standard
For further information please contact us on 0208 772 3649 or email us at ccms@cibse.org or visit our website.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Shining a new light (Part 2)

On October 1, in an event designed to showcase the talents of Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) members and the lighting community, teams of dedicated lighting designers shone a ‘new light’ on UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the UK and Ireland.

The Night of Heritage Light (NoHL) aimed to promote lighting as both an art form and a science by illuminating 9 World Heritage Sites in the UK and Ireland. Starting at William the Conqueror’s Tower of London, the NoHL worked its way up the country as the natural light faded.


This is the second of our two part preview of some of the stunning photographs captured on the night, showing off the stunning locations and, most importantly, the power of light!


The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway, ©Don Kinghan




























The Giant's Causeway, ©Gareth O'Cathain

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Ironbridge Gorge, ©LITE



















The Iron Bridge reflected in the River Severn, ©LITE

Durdle Door, Dorset


Durdle Door lit, ©Vicky Wharton
Photographers assemble at Durdle Door, ©Vicky Wharton

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

The Edmund Gardner in dry dock, ©Kristine Petersone
The graving docks illuminated, ©Chris Lowe


Byward and Middle Towers, The Tower of London

The Byward Tower illuminated, ©Cehao Yu
The Middle Tower appropriately lit blood red, ©Rachel Ferriman

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Shining a new light (Part 1)

On October 1, in an event designed to showcase the talents of Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) members and the lighting community, teams of dedicated lighting designers shone a ‘new light’ on UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the UK and Ireland.

The Night of Heritage Light (NoHL) aimed to promote lighting as both an art form and a science by illuminating 9 World Heritage Sites in the UK and Ireland. Starting at William the Conqueror’s Tower of London, the NoHL worked its way up the country as the natural light faded.


This is part one of our two part preview of some of the stunning photographs captured on the night, showing off the stunning locations and, most importantly, the power of light!

Blaenavon Ironworks, Wales

 ©Kenton Simons

Blaenavon Ironworks Balance Tower, ©Kenton Simons


Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace, ©Steve Allum

Blenheim Palace, ©Steve Allum

Edinburgh Old Town, Scotland

Edinburgh old town, ©Robert Galloway

Edinburgh old town, ©Robert Galloway

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey, ©Adam Glatherine

Fountains Abbey, ©George Hodlin
Come back on Friday for Part 2 of the exhibition, featuring the Giants Causeway, Ironbridge Gorge and more!

Friday, 2 October 2015

50001 reasons to be certified

By Professor Andrew Geens, Head of CIBSE Certification

Following the announcement that CIBSE Certification have received the necessary accreditation to certify energy management systems against ISO 50001, CIBSE's Head of Certifcation Prof. Andrew Geens takes us through the reasoning behind the move.

We at CIBSE Certification were delighted by the news that the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has granted CIBSE the right to certify energy management against ISO 50001, having applied in December last year. This accreditation represents another great string to the bow of CIBSE Certification, and a great asset for CIBSE members to draw on.

But what exactly does ISO 50001 accreditation mean for CIBSE Certification, and why did we pursue it?  The obvious reason is that it’s a great solution to those looking to comply with ESOS standards before the December 5th deadline, or for those who want to increase their energy efficiency for other reasons: The first certificate issued with our new accreditation was for a manufacturing site for Kingspan Insulation, This will exempt that site from ESOS Regulation requirements, but Kingspan were already following the Standard as part of their strategy of working  towards making all their sites net zero energy.

However, the main reason that it has been growing in popularity in recent times is the association between energy efficiency and cost savings. Our view was that ISO 50001 is more broadly useful to business than as a compliance measure, which is something we’ve seen borne out – at a time of ever stretched budgets, energy management systems are being seen as a way of helping their facilities use less energy and ultimately less money.

But establishing an energy management system is a complicated business, there are many routes that a business can use, and it’s often not so much a choice between right and wrong as it is finding what is best for your organisation. What we are able to add to the mix with our accreditation is the confidence that a company will be able to report back to its stakeholders, reassured that an organisation like CIBSE Certification, with such a strong record in energy management and backed by a UKAS accredited scheme, is monitoring the process.

There’s also a third reason for gaining ISO 50001 certification if, like Kingspan, you have a commitment to reducing your company’s impact on the environment. While this might not be as legally necessary as ESOS compliance, or as time sensitive as a cost saving, it is still a worthwhile goal that is something every building in the country should be working towards. Wasted energy costs the UK economy upwards of £12bn every year, but many fear that trying to solve the problem in their own business is too costly or complicated.

Sustainability and energy security will only become more important as time goes on


It is certainly true that there are a lot of considerations involved in implementing an energy management system – not every system is right for every business, and getting it right can involve a lengthy process of trial and error. This is where ISO 50001 can come in – by working towards a set of independently accredited and verified standards, the decision making process is informed, and the practices behind it are based on the best available knowledge.

As a result, CIBSE Certification is now able to offer a service that offers not only obvious and tangible benefits, but a range of longer-term benefits as well.