The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires all large businesses in the UK to undertake mandatory assessments looking at energy use and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years. The deadline for the first compliance period is 5 December 2015. This means that before this date, businesses that meet the qualification criteria will have to achieve compliance with the regulations and notify the scheme administrators, the Environment Agency (EA).
Organisations that employ at least 250 people, or employs fewer than 250 people but has an annual turnover in excess of €50 million and annual balance sheet in excess of €43 million.
This includes some organisations that may not recognise themselves as traditional businesses, i.e. not-for-profit bodies outside the public sector, so long as they are large enough to meet the qualifying criteria.
What to do to comply?
Most businesses will need to undertake an ESOS Assessment, to include the following:
Measurement of total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
Identification of areas of significant energy consumption, that account for at least 90% of your total energy consumption
Appoint a ‘Lead Energy Assessor’ to oversee the ESOS Assessment
Identify cost-effective energy efficiency solutions for high consumption areas
Your ESOS assessment must be reviewed by a Board level Director and approved by a Lead Energy Assessor prior to reporting compliance to the Environment Agency.
ESOS will take account of some other energy management activities, e.g. ISO50001, Green Deal Assessments (GDAs), Display Energy Certificates (DECs) . However, you will still require a qualified Lead Energy Assessor to confirm these activities have met the minimum standards required (e.g. including transport energy if it is 10% or more of your energy use) before you can notify the Environment Agency of your compliance.
There are penalties for failure to comply include:-
Failure to notify the EA of compliance - £5,000 plus £500 per working day you remain in breach
Failure to maintain adequate records - £5,000 plus sum equivalent to compliance body costs
Failure to conduct energy audit - £50,000 - plus £500 per working day you remain in breach
False or misleading information - £50,000
Our team of highly experienced energy and carbon consultants provide full support to assure your compliance with ESOS.
ESOS Awareness & Planning - Workshop based sessions for your team to understand your exposure and scoping exercises
to guide you on exactly what you need to do to comply for your business situation.
Expert assessments - our team will conduct detailed assessment of energy/transport use across your business.
We can support you to complete ISO5001 or DECs for your sites if either of these are your chosen approach.
Strategic advice - our reports will outline energy reduction options, their costs and payback periods for the business.
Cost effective service - we will assess just what activities/sites must be covered to reduce your cost and resource requirements.
Fully Managed support - we provide full advise to support your declarations/submissions to the Environment Agency.