ESOS Compliance for Maplin Electronics

Maplin is an electronics goods retailer in the UK. In addition to retail stores, the company also operates an on-line, telephone and mail order sales service. The company has a Head Office with a logistics/distribution centre and a call centre in Rotherham.

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The Challenge

Maplin came under the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Legislation as it met the Environment Agency’s definition of a ‘large undertaking’ on 31 December 2014. In 2015 TGC were called into to assess the best route to compliance.

On examination of the energy data, managed by a bureau service, it was decided that the best route to compliance was to conduct audits in 10 retail stores and an audit of the Head Office and logistics/distribution centre. Maplin also needed to appoint a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor who understood the retail sector and to approve each step of the compliance.

The Solution

TGC provided John Mulholland to act as both the ESOS Lead Assessor and to personally conduct the retail stores and Head Office audits.

John has over 40 years experience in energy management with extensive retail expertise. He is registered as an ESOS Lead Assessor with the Energy Institute’s Register of Professional Energy Consultants, approved by the Environment Agency.

John selected 10 stores of varying sizes and types in different locations. Also all the stores selected had half hourly electricity meters, so the data provided useful audit data. Two visits took place at the Head Office and the Logistics/Distribution Centre: one during normal office hours and one at night between 2100 and 0300. This provided valuable insights on overnight electricity use and more easily identified savings.

The ESOS Lead Assessor had good retail experience, was very personable and got on very well with my team. Findings were presented in a commercial way with costs and savings. They looked sensible and we will use them as benchmarks as we start to implement the recommendations. Chris Bannister, Financial Controller, Maplin Electronics Ltd

The Results

The deliverables were:

  • ESOS Summary Assessment Report
  • 10 retail ESOS Audit Reports
  • Head Office/logistics ESOS Audit Report
  • ESOS Evidence Pack containing all reports and data
  • Presentation at Director level
  • Support for completing notification of compliance to the Environment Agency well before 5 December 2015 deadline

One of the key recommendations was to install LED lighting. A limited LED roll-out was already underway by Maplin during the audit period and this has now been extended across the estate.

In the Head Office and Logistics/Distribution Centre total kWh savings identified were 34% with an average payback of just under 2 years.

If the savings identified in the 10 audited stores were implemented across all stores the savings would be £786,000 per annum. A number of these measures are currently being implemented.