Who would have expected oil to fall to $60/barrel? I guess now that it has happened there will be observers who will be able to say they did – but the commonly held thinking was that oil prices would not fall this low.

One impact of this low pricing is that a number of ‘hard to get’ and ‘environmentally questionable’ sources of oil are being put on the back burner – carbon that will stay in the ground – for now.

Another impact will be on some oil producers. On the large-scale the impact this is having on Russia is significant. It will also have impact on smaller players in the oil business.

Quentin Wilson, the motoring journalist and ‘fair fuel price’ campaigner is reported to have said that the lower price of oil has led to greater sales of motor fuel, giving the government a bonus in taxation.

But before we get too carried away many observers feel that the current price is not sustainable. It is also against a background of significant cost increases being predicted for electricity that are NOT linked to the price of oil.

Whatever the price managing energy will always be essential – it’s just some of the ideas and figures might change.

Who would have expected oil to fall to $60/barrel? I guess now that it has happened there will be observers who will be able to say they did – but the commonly held thinking was that oil prices would not fall this low. One impact of this low pricing is that a number of ‘hard […]

January 2015 and still no firm date has been announced for the final ESOS guidance from the Environment Agency. They do say that there will only be minor changes to the September Guidance from DECC.  That said I know that the ESOS Helpline has been busy with requests for clarification – some of these may be […]

The publication of three new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards has been announced.  ISO 50004:2014, Energy management systems — Guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management system, guides an organization to take a systematic approach in order to achieve continual improvement in energy management and performance. ISO 50006:2014, Energy management […]

We are moving home. Since we last did this the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been introduced. What a great idea! An independent energy report on the house you are thinking of buying. There is a national data base  and with the post code and then address you can download the EPC and report – so far […]

One recent poll suggests that large number of organizations, over 40%, are not aware of their need for compliance. ESOS applies to large undertakings (typically more than 250 employees) but excludes the public sector. So it is understandable that a lot of people think ESOS is not for them. That said, at the heart of the […]

Over the next couple of months I am planning to write a number of posts on the subject of energy audits. This is driven by the recognition that there is a fundamental problem with energy auditing. The Problem: Good quality energy audits may appear expensive whilst cheap, poor quality energy audits waste money. This first […]

Scoping & specifying ESOS energy audits. Part of the problem is that this is the first time that we have undertaken ESOS audits, another is that the guidance is mixed. A typical response that I have had from the Environment Agency when asking questions is “that is a matter for the Lead Assessor to determine using […]

As a result of ESOS it is likely that more energy audits were undertaken in 2015 than in the previous five or maybe 10 years. The problem is that these in the main are becoming ESOS audits. Not an interactive intervention into energy management. Typically, this is a result of the time frame imposed of getting audits […]

Quality issues In my role as a lead assessor I have had to review a number of audit reports for ESOS. This comes on the back of the work that I undertook in the past for the Carbon Trust as a Quality Reviewer. I suppose what I am saying is that I have extensive experience […]

By now you will know that the Environment agency will not yet be taking enforcement action against those organizations that have failed to meet the 5th December date.   The Agency have made it clear that the compliance date is set in law and cannot be changed – what is ‘flexible’ is when and how […]

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