What should I be doing 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 5 December 2019.

Posted on 24 February 2016.

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 schemes such as EU ETS or CCA and their associated reporting requirements.  If, following the June 23 referendum, the United Kingdom 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 george.richards@jrpsolutions.com.

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 should you do to prepare?  Give us a call to discuss you specific circumstances on 0800 6127 567.