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ACCO Brands - ESOS compliance

In 2015, ACCO Brands worked with the Carbon Trust to support compliance with the first phase of the UK government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations.

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ACCO Brands' head office in Aylesbury.

ACCO Brands is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of office supplies, with its products sold in more than 100 countries around the world under brand names including Rexel, Esselte, Leitz, Nobo, GBC, Rapid and Kensington. The UK is home to the company’s UK and Ireland regional headquarters, which are based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The company also has other facilities throughout England, including manufacturing sites and distribution centres.

In 2015, ACCO Brands worked with the Carbon Trust to support compliance with the first phase of the UK government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations, which mandate that every four years large organisations must assess their cost-effective energy saving opportunities across buildings, industrial processes and transport.

Audits were completed for three of ACCO Brands’ sites in England – the Lillyhall pencil factory, Halesowen distribution centre, and the main UK offices in Aylesbury – alongside an assessment of the company vehicle fleet. These audits highlighted achievable cost-effective savings of 12% of total energy consumption, identifying potential improvements such as the installation of a bioenergy plant at the Lillyhall manufacturing site, which would use waste materials to provide energy. The company is currently in the process of implementing this project, which is expected to deliver significant energy cost and carbon emissions savings when it is completed in 2019.

The audits also recommended measures with low upfront investment costs, such as lighting upgrades, as well as efforts that required no capital expenditure, such as charging electric forklift trucks in the distribution centre overnight rather than during the day. The overall payback period for the efficiency investments made is predicted to be just four years and ACCO Brands has already delivered substantial reductions in its energy costs.

In order to ensure continued improvement company has also now adopted the international standard for environmental management, ISO 14001, with plans to implement the corresponding standard for energy management, ISO 50001, across UK business operations in 2019. ISO 50001 will also serve as a route for automatic compliance with the ESOS Regulations in future phases.

We wanted to work with the Carbon Trust on ESOS because we knew the company had a great track record on energy efficiency and we would be able to rely on their advice. The ESOS auditor we worked with was very knowledgeable and made the whole compliance process seamless, and we received easy to follow advice and a well-presented evidence pack to submit. This has since enabled us to implement several projects to reduce our energy costs, which will really benefit our business over the long term.

Lee King, Director EHS & Facilities, ACCO Brands.

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