ESOS Info Hub
ESOS Info Hub
We’ve gathered a host of information to help you with your ESOS compliance journey, whether you are an expert, Lead Assessor, or just need help with the basics. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, or you need help, we have a national team of accredited advisors and Lead Assessors who will ensure that you comply with the scheme and also help you to maximise the energy saving opportunities identified. Please either email firstname.lastname@example.org, ‘phone George Richards on 01454 299175, or click here to book your call back from us.
What is ESOS and how much does it cost?
Under the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) all organisations with more than 250 employees, or a turnover of more than €50m, are obliged to complete an energy audit to identify energy saving opportunities and to register their compliance under ESOS with the Environment Agency. The deadline for the first round of ESOS was 5 December 2015. Organisations that did not notify the Environment Agency of their compliance by the 29 January 2016 are at risk of substantial fines. Companies that are certified to ISO 50001 do not have to complete a separate energy audit, and now have until 30 June 2016 to achieve certification and notify the EA of having done so.
If you are not yet compliant, we would urge you to take action immediately. Please contact us by email email@example.com, or call 0800 6127 567 for a fee proposal or to discuss how we can help you.
What can I do now to prepare for the next round of ESOS?
The next planned qualification date for ESOS is 31 December 2018, and the next compliance period will most likely end on 5th December 2019.
Currently no one knows whether ESOS will remain in its current format, or whether, as anticipated, it will be developed to include aspects of other energy reporting regulations. If, following the June 23 referendum, United Kingdon exits the EU, there will no longer be an obligation for UK companies to comply with Article 8 of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive which is applied in the United Kingdom through ESOS.
It is safe to say, however, that regardless of what happens, there will continue to be regulation around energy reporting and identification of energy savings opportunities. So, given all the uncertainty, is there anything you can do to prepare?
Yes there is. The objective of ESOS, and all other energy regulation, is to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Anything that can be done to deliver reductions is beneficial to both businesses and the environment, regardless of the regulations. There are a number of sensible steps that can be taken that will both prepare for ESOS, however it is implemented next time around, and manage energy more effectively.
Given that the biggest challenge to completing ESOS audits on time was collation of data, there is now time, before the next compliance date, to ensure that systems are put into place to collect and organise data in a consistent and appropriate manner. Having collated the data, there is a lot it can tell you about your energy use and where savings can be made. If you need help to interpret your data, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any organisation that is certified to the energy management standard ISO 50001, has automatic compliance with ESOS. ISO 50001 is a great practical standard that provides the building blocks of a comprehensive energy management policy and strategy. It doesn’t have to be implemented all in one go and one significant benefit is that it will start saving energy long before certification is achieved. There is plenty of time before the next ESOS compliance date to get the standard embedded in your organisation with costs and resource requirement for doing so spread over 3-4 years. If ESOS changes or doesn’t happen, the worse that can happen is that you have a much more robust energy management system and will have reduced energy consumption and costs, so why not give us a call now to see what would be involved for your organisation?
What else can you do to prepare? Give us a call to discuss you specific circumstances on 0800 6127 567.
How can ESOS help us?
Listen to Jes Rutter, Managing Director of JRP, explain why he believes ESOS is an opportunity for the UK to take a significant step on an energy savings journey. Link.
ESOS or ISO 50001 – which one is right for you?
Will your organisation do the basics to comply with ESOS or take this opportunity to start an energy efficiency journey to achieve ISO 50001 compliance AND make significant energy savings? Following our simple flow chart may help decide your route. Here.
How should you chose a Lead Assessor?
The EA has approved registers of lead assessors, but to get the best for your business, you need to choose the right one for you. Here are some thoughts on what to look for here.
For more information about what is required, click here.
What happens if I don’t comply?
You should have either registered your compliance or informed the EA of your non-compliance by 29 January 2016. If you have decided to achieve compliance through certification to ISO 50001, you had until 30 June 2016 to do so. If you did not comply by either of these dates, you may be liable to pay a fixed penalty (up to £5,000) and/or an additional penalty for each day of non-compliance (£500/day up to 80 days = £40,000), AND you will still have to take steps to comply with ESOS.
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, or you need help, we have a national team of accredited advisors and Lead Assessors who will ensure that you comply with the scheme and also help you to maximise the energy saving opportunities identified.
Please either email email@example.com, ‘phone George Richards on 01454 299175, or click here to book your call back from us.