UK: "Make sure you are ESOS compliant"

Any large organisation in the UK with 250+ employees or a turnover greater than £39m is required to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). For anyone who qualifies, the time is now to make arrangements to meet the requirements of this statutory scheme. However, at NFU Energy they have experts who can help.

The scheme was introduced by the Government in 2015 in response to a European Union directive on energy reporting. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by making it compulsory for large businesses to identify energy saving measures. You can find out more about ESOS in this guide.

The deadline for the ESOS phase 2 is 05 December 2019. If you need to comply there are three important aspects that need to be completed prior to then:

Quantification of the total energy consumption (for a 12 month period)
Twelve months of verifiable data (energy consumption across all sites) is required, which must include the qualification date of the 31 December 2018, i.e. only data collected from the 31 December 2017 will be valid for compliance purposes. This data is required to be reported and is also needed to determine what audits and verifications need completing.

Carry out audits required to identify energy saving opportunities
As it stands, the Environment Agency (EA) has advised that energy audits can now be carried out as part of the compliance for the next phase. Getting in early will prevent the mad panic for auditing as ESOS deadlines loom. Starting to analyse data now is an invaluable start to the process because this way any abnormal energy use can be spotted and addressed as part of the ESOS audit reports.

Report to the EA that your business is compliant with the scheme
Notification can only take place once the data has been collected and any necessary audits are carried out, the notification can be completed anytime from now on but must be done by the deadline.

At the NFU Energy they are set up to complete ESOS requirements, and they can help with carrying out ESOS compliance auditing, acting as an assessor (i.e. reviewing existing energy audits), or the whole process to ensure compliance.

For more information:
NFU Energy
024 7669 8899

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