ESOS is an energy assessment scheme that is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
By 5 December 2015, qualifying organisations must carry out their ESOS assessment and notify the Environment Agency.
Participants must then carry out an ESOS assessment in each 4-year compliance period, ending on 5 December 2019, 2023 and so on.
ESOS Phase 2 - Check if you need to comply:
We’re now in Phase 2 of the ESOS compliance scheme. Organisations were required to submit information for Phase 1 of ESOS by 29 January 2016. The regulations require large UK organisations to take three important steps before the compliance date of 5 December 2019:
- Measure total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
- Conduct audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for areas of significant energy consumption; and
- Report compliance to their national scheme administrator – the Environment Agency in England, SEPA in Scotland, NIEA in Northern Ireland and NRW in Wales.
To comply with the regulations, a Lead Energy Assessor will need to conduct the ESOS Assessment. In certain cases organisations can comply automatically. The main way to do this is by providing evidence that they have achieved certification to ISO 50001, the international standard for best practice energy management, across their organisation.
Act now to identify Phase 2 opportunities
Organisations caught under the ESOS regulations can now start conducting audits to identify their cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in order to meet the requirements of the Phase 2 compliance period, or move forward with implementing ISO 50001. In particular ISO 50001 requires early action, as it often takes well over a year for companies to implement a best practice energy management system and achieve certification.
Organisations can also now begin collecting the data for reporting their total energy consumption, as ESOS compliance requires a 12 month period of total energy consumption data which includes the qualification date of 31 December 2018.
Appoint a Lead Assessor
You need to appoint a lead assessor to carry out, oversee or review your energy audits and overall ESOS assessment.
Adam Grundy BSC MRICS is an ESOS Lead Assessor and an ISO 50001 Lead Assessor