Adopting the processes and behaviours required to comply with voluntary accreditations, such as ISO 50001, establishes best practice and creates the baseline of data needed to fulfil many regulatory obligations. It also sets the groundwork for developing a net zero carbon roadmap, which every business will need as regulations tighten up and the global deadline for reaching net zero approaches.
ISO 50001 is the internationally recognised standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS). It gives businesses the most robust and effective framework for improving energy efficiency over the long-term. By complying with ISO 50001, businesses will automatically meet the reporting and auditing requirements for mandatory regulations, including ESOS, and will find it significantly easier to achieve their CCA carbon reductions
There are a number of other worthwhile voluntary schemes that businesses can opt to comply with, including ISO 14064 for validating and verifying greenhouse gas emissions, and PAS 2050 for quantifying the carbon footprint of specific products or services. There are also schemes, such as Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) which may be appropriate for different businesses, depending on their size, sector and location.
The plethora of voluntary compliance schemes available can be confusing. It can be difficult for businesses to select the right schemes or combination of schemes to fulfil their specific net zero ambitions in the most efficient and cost-effective way. It’s important to avoid duplication of effort in complying with different schemes, and to ensure that the data-gathering, operational processes and behavioural changes required for any scheme are appropriate to the size and nature of the business.
That’s why it’s helpful to get expert advice at the outset, to identify the right voluntary accreditation schemes for each business – ones that will deliver lasting operational, cost and efficiency benefits, while simplifying compliance with all relevant mandatory schemes.