Whether you are an internal Lead Assessor or a consultant what you want to make sure is that you are compliant with the requirements and be consistent in your approach with each assessment and with others.
To ensure this one way is to develop consistent tools, templates and calculation methodologies that are in line with best practice.
Then if audited by someone like the Environment Agency or your internal audit team you’ll be able to show why and what you did. Hopefully being able to prove the correctness of your actions.
With this in mind in all our activities we have developed our own tools and templates which are applied across the board with our customers. We also make sure that we have quality control checking procedures that allow us to have confidence in what we do.
This even applies to the way in which information is stored in an evidence pack.
Sound like a good idea? Well there are toolkits available on the marketplace which can help you as a Lead Assessor or even just company understand what you can do.
Toolkits such as the Energy Institute’s provide a great way to make sure that some of the more complex elements of an assessment are correct. It covers the energy source calculations which allows you to have confidence in the way in which electric vehicles and hybrids are dealt with. It provides advice and guidance on how to deal with operations across Europe and a range of other aspects.
Of course there are lots of other sources of information too – you can use the UK Governments emission conversion factors to provide a route to convert transport to comparable energy, the guidance and publications that sources such as the Carbon Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland post on their websites, and of course there are the examples and guidance that is within the ESOS documents themselves.
Over time we have had a hand or still have a hand in each of these so know and understand which resource to use for each purpose. If you have any questions about what material to use and when to apply it please do get in touch with Charles Gaisford or Christine St John Cox.