ACS chief executive James Lowman

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the government to ensure that local shops are supported in the move to meet proposed minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES).

The energy efficiency of a building is measured by an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and the government is proposing to introduce an increase in MEES to EPC C by 2027 and EPC B by 2030.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy launched a consultation looking at the framework to implement tighter minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for privately rented non-domestic buildings.

In its submission ACS makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • boost investment incentives for businesses;
  • extend enhanced capital allowances and the super deduction policy beyond 2023 to reflect the proposed MEES timetable;
  • produce detailed guidance alongside a flexible standardised calculator to inform retailers clearly about the measures they can take to improve energy performance;
  • proceed with time-limited EPC exemptions for shell and core let properties;
  • retain legal responsibility for MEES compliance with landlords;
  • introduce a new ‘duty to cooperate’ between landlords and tenants; and
  • require all convenience stores marketed for let or sale to display up-to-date EPC certificates.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Local shops are committed to improving their stores and this includes investing in measures to improve their energy efficiency.

“We urge the government to ensure that convenience stores are supported and provided with guidance ahead of the move to reach EPC C by 2027.”

The consultation was launched following the government’s Clean Growth Strategy committing the government to reducing business energy usage by 20% by 2030.