What is ESOS?
ESOS is a set of regulations that came into force in June 2014 that requires all “large” organisations to undertake energy audits and identify opportunities for energy savings.
Who does it apply to?
ESOS applies to all non-government organisations if, on 31 December 2014, they meet the definition of a “large undertaking”. This is an organisation or group of organisations where one member of the group has at least 250 employees or has an annual turnover greater than € 50 million or a balance sheet greater than € 43 million. Qualifying organisations that fail to comply face fines of up to £90,000.
What are the options to comply with the ESOS requirements?
To comply with ESOS, all qualifying organisations must undertake one of the following exercises:
- Measure their total energy consumption for 12 months and complete an ESOS compliant energy audit that covers 90% of their energy consumption and is reviewed by a qualified Lead Assessor OR
- Implement an ISO 50001 Energy Management System, covering 100% of their energy consumption, that is certified by a UKAS accredited Certification Body
When do I need to take action?
The government has set a tight deadline of 5 December 2015 for organisations to provide evidence of their compliance to the Environment Agency.
Whichever option you choose, we recommend that you start working towards it as soon as possible and certainly commencing no later than March 2015.
We can provide you with independent advice on the compliance route and best support package for your organisation.