ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large organisations in the UK.
It applies to companies with more than 250 employees or those that have a turnover of more than €50 million (£42.4m), with the energy assessment designed to produce detailed reports on the company’s energy use and efficiency every four years.
It requires the organisation to measure its total energy consumption, including within building processes and transport usage, conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy saving recommendations and report compliance to the Environment Agency.
With the first ESOS deadline dating back to 5th December 2015, the Environment Agency has now published a list of the 60% of companies that have submitted their reports on time. With 60% of reports returned, even after an extended date was provided, around 1,200 companies are now being investigated to verify their ESOS status.
Announced in a recent newsletter, the Environmental Agency has now put in place a dedicated ESOS enforcement team to investigate outstanding qualifying organisations that have yet to complete and provide notification of a compliance assessment. Companies still deemed non-compliant are currently being reviewed and may hear from the regulator regarding enforcement action.
It is also important to be aware that the scheme is not relevant to businesses that employ less than 250 staff or if you are classified as a public body or if your company is subject to an insolvency procedure.
If you have however missed the deadline but are already compliant, you should submit your notification of compliance as soon as possible.
ESOS energy audits must also be carried out or reviewed by a Lead Assessor. As a result many organisations are now turning to third party intermediaries to help ensure they comply with the legislation.
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STC Energy has a team of qualified ESOS Lead Assessors who can oversee or review your energy audits to ensure you meet the requirements and sign off on the overall compliance submission.
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Our ESOS surveys have identified potential savings of more than £3.3 million for our customers.
These potential savings are based on recommendations we provide and our customers taking the necessary action to resolve the issues found. The main types of recommendations made were for AMR installations, BMS projects, lighting projects (including LEDs and improved controls), insulation projects, installing timeclocks or amending existing control settings, DUoS charges/load shifting and capital projects (such as boiler replacement).
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