The compliance period for Phase 2 of the UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is underway and qualifying organisations are now able to begin the compliance process.
Who is affected?
ESOS applies to any large undertaking that carries out a trade or a business, and any corporate group where at least one member of the UK group meets the ESOS criteria:
- Employs at least 250 people
- Or has an annual turnover in excess of €50 million, and a balance sheet of more than €43 million
- Most public-sector bodies are excluded, but other organisations that receive some public funding, such as universities, may qualify
The regulations require all other large UK organisations to take three important steps before the compliance date of 5 December 2019:
- Measure their total energy consumption
- Conduct audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities; and
- Report compliance to their national scheme administrator – the Environment Agency in England, SEPA in Scotland, NIEA in Northern Ireland and NRW in Wales
Alternatively, organisations can comply by providing evidence that they have achieved certification to ISO 50001 across their organisation.
The Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have jointly advised organisations that they can now start carrying out energy audits as part of the compliance process.
Organisations can now begin is collecting the data for reporting their total energy consumption. The earliest this can begin is the start of 2018, as ESOS compliance requires a 12-month period of total energy consumption data which includes the qualification date of 31 December 2018.
Early action can help unlock the financial savings brought by greater energy efficiency. The earlier the opportunities are identified, the sooner energy saving projects can be implemented. So, getting moving on ESOS Phase 2 today will help organisations to get maximum financial value from cost-effective energy efficiency.
Full guidance on the ESOS regulations can be found on the GOV.UK website
How Business in the Community can help your organisation with ESOS phase 2 compliance
Business in the Community have a qualified Lead Energy Assessors available to conduct energy audits and ensure full ESOS Compliance. For more information contact Keelin McCone.