Environment Agency issues updated guidance on ESOS

The Environment Agency has published updated ESOS guidance which supersedes DECC’s ESOS Guide published in June 2014.

Posted on 24 February 2015.

‘This is a timely and welcome update,’ says JRP Solutions Managing Director, Jes Rutter. ‘Our ongoing dialogue with the Environment Agency around the previous guidance has enabled us to develop expertise in ESOS and to give clear, informed advice to our clients, but unfortunately we know that some Lead Assessors have not been so well informed. We are now working with clients who have already identified significant energy savings opportunities which we look forward to delivering with them.’ 

If you need assistance in applying the guidance to your organisation, please contact george.richards@jrpsolutions.com who will be pleased to help you.


The most significant clarifications in the new guidance are in response to helpdesk queries, in particular on:

  • the scope of ESOS

  • the qualification criteria with respect to overseas undertakings and UK establishments

  • the application of ESOS to trusts

  • determination of corporate groupings

  • calculation of total energy consumption

  • auditing approach for the construction sector

  • notification requirements

  • the approach to site visits

  • the treatment of assets purchased or disposed of after the qualification date and before the

  • compliance date

  • the extent of inclusion of transport energy

  • liability for compliance in cases of disaggregation

  • what records to keep in your evidence pack.

The guidance does not include methodologies for audits, or templates for presenting auditing findings. The Environment Agency claims that this is an area where the scheme design is flexible, reflecting that there is no one size fits all approach. You have freedom to collate and present information in a format that suits you, recording how you have complied in your evidence pack.

The Environment Agency wants businesses to approach ESOS in a manner that will deliver the most benefit for the organisation and the environment, applying this flexibility within the broad rules of the scheme.

Click here to download the Environment Agency newsletter with links to the updated guidance.