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News Items 2014


F-Gas regulations HCFC phase out - Important announcement by Chemical Compliance Team, National Trading & Regulatory Services, Environment Agency.

Dec 14
, 2014 By JD |  Category: F-GAS R22 HFCs

ACI Reports continually monitor upcoming Legislation changes and how these will affect our clients. We have been advising on the rollout of R22 replacement programmes for some years now; the deadline is now here. The Environment Agency has just sent out its final reminder, which is attached, and we would encourage all equipment Operators to read the advice. Our TM44 surveys have been carrying advice and warning notices since 2009 and continue to do so. Having a TM44 Report undertaken (which is mandatory), will highlight any R22 present, and in getting this in place not only would make a client TM44 compliant, but also provide added value notes on R22.

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Environment Agency call ACI Reports to discuss ESOS.

Dec 11
, 2014 By JD |  Category: ESOS ACI Reports

We at ACI Reports were delighted to receive a phone call on 8th December from the Environment Agency, who had carefully read the content of the ESOS section on our website. The positive discussion included E.A. stating that they were trawling the internet and calling up various Organisations to talk about web-site content, and asking for minor corrections.

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TM44 Survey Renewals due in 2015.

Dec 09
, 2014 By JD |  Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

2015 is the year when the first wave of TM44 Surveys will need to be undertaken once again as part of any Companies TM44 renewal programme. The Legislation came in during 2009 for buildings with over 250kW of output but the main date which will affect these Air Conditioning Assessment Renewals will be January 2015. Clients should be mindful that the size of the systems within one building (cumulative) dropped to 12kW on 1st January 2010, so the 5 years that ACI Certificates are valid for are now due up.

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Government Pushes ESOS - Ed Davey addresses ESOS at London Roadshows.

Dec 08
, 2014 By JD |  Category: EPBD

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has this week guaranteed businesses’ energy audits will go to “the people who need to hear it”.

Speaking to businesses at one of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) roadshows in London, he said the audits will be seen by board members.

He said: “One of the whole purposes of ESOS is to try to give the information to the people who need to hear it.

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Mandatory TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections Renewals due in 2015 – act now.

Nov 17
, 2014 By JD |  Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections which were commenced in 2009 (250kw and above) have all become due once again in 2014 as part of the 5 year renewal process, and now as we approach 2015 those clients who were compliant before the 12kw deadline of 30th December 2009 should be planning their renewal programme. ACI Reports undertook many AC reports (TM44s) in those early days when Air Conditioning Inspections (ACIRs)first started and our client base has continually grown ever since. Many smaller “one man band” Assessors have fallen by the wayside, as predicted, and no longer offer an AC inspection service. ACI Reports have also long pointed out to clients that the old CIBSE “Word” type documents have been done away with, and there is only one way to comply and that is using the Landmark Register and their own Landmark DCLG software.

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Trading Standards issue TM44 Air Conditioning Assessment non-compliance notices in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Nov 14
, 2014 By JD |  Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

Coleraine in Northern Ireland is the next big push on TM44 Enforcement as ACI Reports can confirm that two of our large portfolio High Street clients have received notices in the district this last month. TM44 non-compliance notices are not something new in NI, there were a spate of them two years ago, mainly in Belfast. ACI Reports undertook a batch of emergency TM44 inspections at that time and are now doing the same in the Coleraine area.

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ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) lack of Lead Assessors – don’t worry says ACI Reports, we have it sorted

Oct 27
, 2014 By JD |  Category: EPBD

A number of companies will already have their energy use audited under schemes such as ISO50001, which is likely to bring this ratio down.

However some industry figures are sceptical all firms will get ESOS compliant in time for the deadline, 31 December 2015.

On Friday, Chief Commercial Officer at energy consultancy Inenco, Dave Cockshott warned of “a significant risk that demand for assessors with expert sector knowledge could outstrip the numbers currently available”. ACI Reports think this is incorrect, the lead Assessor role is being overstated, it’s the building survey issue that will cause delays due to inaction.

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How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor? – update at September 2014

Sep 22
, 2014 By JD |  Category: EPBD

As at September 2014 none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted around the internet, the training courses are not fully set yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the detail of what is required. Talk to Chris Rodgers at ACI Reports and we will give you facts and proposed dates for launch.

Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?

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Large organisations - prepare yourself for a stack of energy policies which only seems to lengthen – the new ESOS scheme is about to bite!

Sep 10
, 2014 By JD |  Category: EPBD

ADECS, CRC, EU ETS, CCAs, TM44s, Energy Act 2018 and now ESOS – that’s a lot of Legislation to get your head round!

Each of these schemes calls for an understanding of energy consumption in some form or other. But with ISO 50001 being recognised internationally as the best practice method for managing energy, having a certified EnMS will put you in a great position to comply with these and any other future schemes. Its expensive though, and on-going. ACI Reports cuts through all that complex stuff to make things simple, reports Jack Davies.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Jul 10
, 2014 By JE |  Category: EPBD

ACI can report that on 27th June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which includes using registered lead energy assessors, which ACI Reports can provide. ESOS is the UK’s way to implement Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs. ESOS is expected to result in cost benefits of £1.6bn to the 9,400 participating businesses.

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ISO 14001 Revision Gathers Momentum 

Jun 25
, 2014 By JE | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

ACI Reports are able to reveal that the revision of ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard, is set to progress to the next stage with the latest “overwhelmingly positive” ballot on the latest draft. This brings in more Environmental influence and will mean that more ISO14001 Auditors will pull up Companies that do not have a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection on all their air conditioning equipment, leading to Air Conditioning Assessments being in place.  

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ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update; 

Jun 20
, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

We at ACI Reports have previously made our clients aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, the ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme 2015). This piece of legislation is gathering pace fast, and this short news update follows latest ESOS developments;

We also provide below a commentary on potential issues and concerns on implementation, in addition to our TM44 and EPC work, all of which is starting to become connected. Green Deal Assessments on commercial buildings will also affect the enterprises caught by ESOS. We can undertake Green Deal Assessments for commercial buildings if required. 

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ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, ACI Reports advises Clients 

Apr 15
, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (‘ESOS’) is a new regulation being introduced to comply with Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and will come into force in 2014. In line with Article 8 of the Directive, the scheme will require all large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy efficiency audits by December 2015, and thereafter at least once every four years. Details of the Government’s proposals were published in a Consultation Document in July 2013 as monitored by ACI Reports, who will be training staff Assessors as soon as training criteria is established. 

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ACI Reports Ltd sees increasing interest in the ESOS The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, EPBD Regulations coming into force in 2014 and 2015 

Apr 09
, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit, an ESOS audit. This ESOS audit will then have to be repeated every four years. The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, itself part of the EPBD.

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Further sudden increase in compliance activity surrounding TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments. 

Mar 18
, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

As a follow up to ACI Reports disclosing the activities between Sterling Accreditation and DCLG yesterday, whereby DCLG have asked for disclosure of Trading Standards offices who are not enforcing the EPBD legislation, further correspondence has now come to light. We attach a letter from Sterling to Trading Standards offices, which is a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

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Step change in TM44 Compliance – DCLG to put pressure on Trading Standards towards ramping up compliance action. 

Mar 17
, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

ACI Reports have on 12th March had sight of a letter between an Accreditation Body who represent the Government (DCLG) and DCLG themselves, regarding ACIRs (Air Conditioning Inspection Reports).

A copy of the letter is attached to this bulletin and we note that it states “If there is evidence that any local weights and measures authority is electing not to enforce the Energy Performance of Building (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, including those regarding air conditioning reports, then they may be in breach of their statutory duty, and at risk of judicial review”. ns.

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New 2014 Part L Building Regulations focus on Sustainability and Air Conditioning Legislation toughens 

Feb 24
, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

ACI Reports compliance division has long informed its Clients that the TM44 is only part of what will occur in the strengthening of Regulations on air conditioning, amongst other things. This bulletin deals with recent 2014 Part L Building Regulation changes which will affect Design Stage EPCs shortly, and as specialists in Air Conditioning Legislation in addition to EPC solutions, we are always ready to supply up to date information. The Governments target is Zero Carbon Buildings.

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations April 2014 have now taken place, and this is part of the significant move to Zero Carbon Buildings. . There is now a target of 9% improvement on Part L 2010 for commercial buildings. The Government also announced that it would shortly be consulting on the next steps to Zero Carbon Homes and also on delivering Allowable Solutions.

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The  British Retail Consortium proposals for the UK business rates system to be linked to energy usage. 

Feb 24
, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

The British Retail Consortium has last week produced proposals for the complete reform of the UK business rates system. These options could ensure that customers continue to benefit from competition, provide positive incentives for retailers to invest in property, support the regeneration of the high street and create more jobs. ACI Reports see this as more support for the Government to ensure compliance through EPCs and TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launch targets; their report includes a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.

Feb 10
, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

Other new targets include a commitment to cut emissions from refrigeration gases by 8 per cent by 2020.

The report details the new set of targets and commitments on environmental sustainability to 2020. Signatories are committed to the targets which represent half of UK Retail businesses, by turnover.

The BRC said UK retailers had made “significant progress” in reducing their impact on the environment. She said: “Retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”

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New EU Regulations on refrigerants

Feb
07, 2014 By CR | Category: F-Gas

New EU Regulations mean that millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the UK and across Europe are to be caught out, and need to take measured action on equipment change over time.

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Hampshire County Council Trading Standards set out their stance on TM44 Air Conditioning Compliance  

Jan
02, 2014 By JE | Category:  TM44 Enforcement

In a statement issued by Hampshire County Council on their website in 2013, they show that they mean business when looking at those Companies which do not have their mandatory Air conditioning Inspection Reports in place. ACI reports have been supporting businesses in Hampshire to avoid what could be serious fines, and believe that planned approaches to TM44 compliance are the answer, not reacting to a £300 fine, which could be weekly for each building found without a certificate.

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Northern Ireland has been taking TM44 Compliance very seriously in 2012 and 2013  

Jan
02, 2014 By JE | Category:  TM44 Enforcement

ACI Reports is one of the largest TM44 consultancies operating throughout both Northern and Southern Ireland, and has direct experience of the way Air Conditioning Assessments have been policed and monitored throughout the region in recent years. The retail sector has been a particular target, and much is explained in the Department of Finance and Personnel Department website (http://www.dfpni.gov.uk).

DFPNI are clearly seeking to encourage mandatory TM44 A/C inspections to be in place, as they state;

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