The Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme (EEAS) is the leading independent emission reduction award scheme in the UK. The scheme recognises the achievements of businesses and organisations in industry, commerce and the public sector in reducing energy.
The scheme is open to all businesses and public sector organisations, provides professional energy efficiency advice and assistance to organisations seeking to join the EEAS and requires demonstrated improvement in energy performance to secure accreditation.
The EEAS aims to raise the profile of delivered energy and carbon reductions both internally and externally within client organisations. Accredited organisations benefit from ongoing support to deliver further emission reductions through membership of the Accredited Organisations Network.
The scheme was established in 1993. Since becoming part of the Carbon Trust’s portfolio of offerings in 2004, the scheme has seen rapid growth. Over two hundred organisations have already gained accreditation by reaching the standards set for the Scheme and a large number of others are on the way to doing so.
The Carbon Trust has overall responsibility for the scheme and coordinates its marketing and future development. The Scheme is managed by the National Energy Foundation on behalf of Carbon Trust Enterprises Limited.
Organisations seeking to become accredited must demonstrate performance against three criteria:
Management commitment to energy efficiency;
Investment in energy efficiency measures;
Improvements in energy efficiency performance
Evaluations are carried out by independent, experienced assessors. Organisations who meet the rigorous standards required by the scheme can go on to become accredited. Accreditation is awarded by the Energy Institute, the leading professional body for the energy industries.
Achievements by recently accredited organisations include:
London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority: delivering a £4million investment programme in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across 70 fire stations.
Department of Culture Media & Sport: establishing an innovative Energy Tracking Plan – a planned investment of £65,000 should save around 478tonnes of CO2.
Pirelli: investing around £3.9million over 10 years in new air compressor technology to dramatically reduce energy use.
Accreditation lasts for three years after which time an organisation must apply for re-accreditation
Contact Penny Townsend
The National Energy Centre