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Small and medium sized companies will not be pressurised into undertaking energy audits as a result of new government regulations which come into effect this week, says SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

The Energy Efficiency (Encouragement, Assessment and Information) Regulations 2014, requires government to undertake programmes to encourage small to medium sized businesses to undertake energy audits and to explain the benefits of implementing an energy management system such as ISO 50001 so as to improve their energy efficiency.

“The key point here is that there is no compulsion for companies to undertake these audits. The requirement is on the government to encourage them,” explains Ana Inacio, SGS Energy Management Systems Specialist.

“Of course, this does not mean that energy audits and energy management systems are a bad idea – in fact, as energy prices rise and the UK continues to strive for more efficient energy use, it may be beneficial for many companies, especially those in the construction, food, plastics, automotive and transportations industries, to look into receiving energy audits, implementing energy management systems and implementing new energy solutions.”

SGS has been helping organisations across all industries, complexity and sizes to understand ISO 50001 requirements;  to increase internal capabilities, through SGS Academy training courses, and awarding internationally recognised certificates that are a testimonial of their management systems conformity.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.  SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.  With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.