Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) requires large organisations in the UK to undertake mandatory assessments looking at energy use and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years - and this must cover transport as well as buildings and process energy usage.
ESOS is now in Phase 2 and the Environment Agency is actively encouraging businesses to get started with their energy audits to extract the full benefit of energy savings (ahead of the December 2019 deadline).
The deadline for ESOS Phase 1 has now passed - and the Environment Agency has published a list organisations claiming compliance.
The EA identified 1500 organisations as potentially non-compliant of which 300 have already been served with Enforcement Notices; they expect to serve more than 200 further notices that will obligate companies to take urgent action to avoid significant penalty fines.
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On Receipt of an Enforcement Notice
If you do not respond, you will receive a Penalty Notice with
Fines are not payable immediately - these may be waived if your organisation has a strong defence regarding why it has not complied to date.
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Assistance with Environment Agency compliance declaration
If you know you haven't complied (and know you must) but not got an Enforcement Notice from the EA you MUST as matter of urgency email the EA and advise them of your Late Compliance.
You will also need to complete the Intent to Comply portal with details of what you have done so far, your reason for being late and also the date by which you will comply. Penalties could be issued, though we understand that the EA will be lenient with those communicate and demonstrate progress etc.
Our team of highly experienced energy and carbon consultants provide full & flexible cost effective support to assure your compliance with ESOS. Whether you 'just' need us to supply an ESOS Lead Assessor (and can do all the rest of the work yourself) or you need us to undertake more activities, we can support you, your way.
Who is affected?
What to do to comply?
Most businesses will need to undertake an ESOS Assessment, to include the following:
Your ESOS assessment must be reviewed by a Board level Director and approved by a ESOS Lead Assessor prior to reporting compliance to the Environment Agency.
ESOS will take account of some other energy management activities, e.g. ISO 50001, 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.
What happens if you do nothing?
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 an adequate energy audit - £50,000 - plus £500 per working day you remain in breach
ESOS Transport Audits ISO 50001 Certification ESOS Lead Assessors