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Midcounties Co-operative - ESOS Phase 3 compliance with enormous energy-saving opportunities

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme is compulsory for large UK organisations. We guarantee successful ESOS compliance and energy savings. A total of 346,650kWh opportunities were identified for Midcounties Co-operative, saving 71,896 Kg of carbon emissions.

Client brief

Midcounties Co-operative is a thriving co-operative with 645,000 members and operates the Your Co-op family of businesses which spans Food, Travel, Childcare, Energy, Telecoms, Post Offices and Flexible Benefits. The profits they make allow them to support the communities they serve.

Their heartlands are in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. However, they also trade in the surrounding counties and our Energy, Childcare, Travel, Telecoms and Flexible Benefits businesses trade across the UK.


Large organisations in the UK must comply with ESOS Phase 3 before June 2024. Our in-house ESOS Lead Assessors are specialists qualified to assist businesses and organisations in completing ESOS compliance. We carried out energy audits, compiled data, and reported on the energy savings available to the organisation. The goal has been to ensure that the client complies with the assessment and provides sufficient information with an action plan to implement the opportunities identified. Hence, Co-op can ensure energy efficiency, cost, and carbon emissions savings along with compliance.

ETS’s Solution & Strategy

Energy & Technical Services identified the worst-performing sites and attended energy performance audits to confirm opportunities for improvement in energy efficiency through energy-consuming assets on site. Our in-house ESOS lead assessors led the process by analysing energy data and identifying issues.


A total of 346,650kWh opportunities were identified, resulting in 71,896 Kg of emissions being saved. Co-op has been proactive in reducing its energy consumption through HVAC, lighting, Refrigeration, and controls. It also incorporates low-carbon technologies such as Solar PVs into several of its retail sites and the head office. This will go a long way toward empowering energy savings and reducing carbon emissions.

Replace halogen spotlights, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, or large-bore fluorescent tubes with LEDs.

Preventing overcooling and overheating of spaces effectively saves energy. To Ensure setpoints are automatically and appropriately set.

By educating staff to ‘think energy’, employees can collectively contribute to minimising energy use and operating equipment effectively.

Improved metering provides data intelligence by logging energy usage on a half-hourly basis, allowing energy data analytics and identification of waste areas.

“Would you recommend ETS for ESOS Compliance? - Yes!”
Julie Sheldon, Head of Energy Efficiency, Midcounties Co-operative


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