Reporting: The responsible (and easy) way
“If you qualify for ESOS, but your organisation is not fully covered by ISO 50001, you need to carry out an ESOS
assessment. The assessment helps you work out what your organisation needs to do to comply with the ESOS
The thing is, nobody said it was going to be easy…
The measure of responsibility
Form-filling is the bane of everybody’s life. Most of us hate it. Most of us aren’t that good at it. This is why accountants are accountants. They take all that fiddly stuff off your shoulders, and they get it right. The same applies to any area of business administration. Experts exist to help the rest of us avoid errors and meet deadlines,
avoid fines and satisfy stakeholders. The only downside is that experts cost money, but unless you want to take the time yourself to navigate the incomprehensible, it’s a necessary cost of running a business professionally.
When you pay for an ESOS Lead Assessor to conduct the four-yearly audit (likely to move to an annual requirement in the near future) one of the prime tasks he or she will undertake is to verify your energy usage. This is a lengthy part of the process. This makes it costly. It means that you’re paying someone to make sense of the information that already exists in the business.
Every aspect of your energy consumption can be measured in real-time, as opposed to retrospectively. Bear in mind that a four year period is a big retrospective. Should ESOS move to an annual requirement, it will present more manageable time chunks but will also multiply the current tasks by a factor of four.
Not under any circumstances should such reporting be viewed as simply an onerous task. To do so its to deny the far bigger global issue; our planet is in danger. A UN global climate poll (the ‘biggest ever opinion poll on climate change’; polling 1.2 million people in 50 countries) reveals that two-thirds of people consider climate change a ‘global emergency’. Global greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to a sustainable world. They way we behave has to change.
The way businesses behave has to change. If it doesn’t, the threat will loom larger, the damage we are doing to our planet will intensify, our future will be further jeopardized.
Understanding your carbon footprint is not about just measuring
energy use for the sake of complying with whatever multiplicity of
legislations you may be affected by;
it’s about measuring your responsibility and being able to see in detail
where you can make change for the better,
i.e., reduce your energy consumption.
Reporting on your carbon footprint, your energy consumption, is not about filling in forms; it’s about understanding what you can do to slow down the damage. This is why it’s vital to understand the information that exists in your business. Only by understanding the data can you manage the actions and operations it represents. Reporting at source is no longer a case of compliance, it’s a case of moral responsibility. This falls heavy on the shoulders of any business.
Understand what is happening, not what happened
While reporting on the carbon emissions of your business can be a very time-consuming affair, it’s important to get it
right. It’s vitally important not just that the information you provide is accurate, but that it reflects changing behaviours
within your business. This is the big difference to any other type or reporting you may ever have been called upon to provide.
One enormous change has beset businesses in this regard over the last year. COVID-19 triggered Working from Home, which has changed the shape of a company’s footprint. It has changed it; it has not necessarily reduced it.
A business is responsible for reporting on the emissions that arise from its workforce, regardless of their location. If fifty people are in an office, that is one location. If forty of them are working from home, it becomes forty-one locations. A large number of those home locations are likely to be far less energy-efficient than an office building. So, the problem doesn’t diminish, it grows.
As the reporting points diverge, the points where the action that is required spread further afield.
As the planet suffers, so comes the end of complying with the letter of relevant laws
and the urgent need to embrace the spirit of the brighter future they could catalyse.
The focus for business has changed. It is no longer uniquely about creating value for customers in support of the profit goal. It is more than ever about creating value for society, by supporting the goal of environmental sustainability. Get the latter right, however, and the former will follow.
For the data upon which you base your understanding of what harm your business actions and operations are causing the environment to be reliable, reflective of the truth now, rather than a recording of the past in four years’ time.
Trust your data
To every action there can be an equal and positive reaction, as long as you know what the actions are. Poring through
electricity bills to see how much you spent over the last four years, and then spread-sheeting the results, is no way to
address current problems. It may be a way to respond to ESOS reporting requirements but, even then, it will cost huge
amounts to gather the information.
The Internet of Things can take the complexity out of the task and reduce the costs of making sense of your own data.
Sensors at each energy consumption point operate in real time. In other words, they give a constantly-updated view of
reality; the real problem. They enable you to understand where consumption is high and to moderate it as the problem
comes to light. They do all this at the touch of a button.
AyMa IoT’s carbon management and reporting tool, IPSUM, intelligently gathers the data to offer you a dashboard view
across the entire footprint of your business. It makes it easy for you to make a change wherever change is required. It
puts you in control and, given the direction in which the global situation is currently heading unless urgent actions are
taken by businesses everywhere, control is precisely what is needed.