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ESOS Compliance

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What are the key dates for ESOS compliance?

ESOS will operate in four-yearly compliance phases. Organisations in the UK must assess whether or not they are required to participate in ESOS on the qualification date of each phase. The qualification date for the first phase was 31st December 2014.

The last day of each compliance phase (the compliance date) is the date by which the participant must have undertaken the ESOS assessment and notified its compliance to the Environment Agency. 

For the first phase, this means that activity to support your ESOS Assessment (such as Green Deal assessment or other qualifying energy audits) must have been undertaken between the 6 December 2011 and 5 December 2015 to be considered compliant. If you remain in scope of the scheme, you must then undertake ESOS assessments within each subsequent phase.

What happens if my business does nothing?

Doing nothing is not an option for organisations qualifying for ESOS as the Scheme’s compliance bodies are authorised to publically highlight and apply significant penalties against companies who fail to comply. This could mean a fixed penalty of up to £135,000 for failing to undertake the ESOS Audit. An ESOS Lead Assessor will be able to advise you exactly what needs to be done by whom and when in order to ensure compliance.

What is Elmhurst Energy Services' approach to ensuring you comply with ESOS?

This may be the first time that your business has had to consider undertaking an extensive energy audit. Alternatively, you may already have completed work with energy consultants or as part of another sustainability scheme, giving you better access to relevant energy consumption data. In either case, we will work with you and your management team to ensure that you understand your specific requirements for complying with ESOS, make the best use of any data that is already available and quickly highlight any gaps.

Do other sustainability projects contribute towards ESOS compliance?

You have a number of possible routes to demonstrate that energy savings assessments are being undertaken within your organisation. Your ESOS Lead Assessor will consider other audits undertaken within the compliance period where they meet the minimum requirements of an ESOS Audit. For example, work undertaken for the Carbon Trust Standard, Logistics Carbon Reduction
Scheme and Green Fleet Reviews may be taken into account for the purposes of ESOS. In practice, the various routes to ESOS compliance include:

• ESOS Energy Audits
• ISO 50001 Certification
• Display Energy Certificates (DECs); and
• Green Deal Assessments

Speak to an ESOS Consultant