What does ESOS stand for?

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme

Who does ESOS affect?

Large UK companies. The eligibility criteria are those with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover in excess of €50m (£38,937,777) and a balance sheet of €43m (£33,486,489) or more.

Could my business be exempt?

If your organisation is defined as a contracting authority by regulation 3 of The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 or The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012. Those that are subject to an insolvency procedure are also exempt.

My business is part of a larger Group; how does that affect compliance?

If one part of a Group incorporated in the UK meets the qualification criteria, then the whole Group should undertake an ESOS assessment.

What is the qualification date?

The current qualification date is 31 December 2014. If your business met the eligibility criteria on or in the 12 months preceding that date, then ESOS applies to the business.

How long have I got to complete the report?

The ESOS report must be submitted to the Environment Agency by 5 December 2015; this is the Compliance Date.

Do I have to do this every year?

No, the scheme runs every four years. The next qualification date to assess eligibility is 31 December 2018. Continual monitoring of energy consumption is recommended to help reduce energy use and stay prepared for the next ESOS submission.

What does ESOS involve?

To comply with the ESOS assessment, 100% of the energy consumption of the business across a 12 month period must be measured; 90% of that energy is then audited. Energy consumption will typically include buildings, transport and industrial processes.

What is the role of the Lead Assessor?

The role of the Lead Assessor will vary depending on the nature of the business and what sort of energy monitoring and auditing that is currently in place. The Lead Assessor may be instructed to undertake a complete energy analysis of the business or just review the work that has been carried out to ensure it meets the standards of ESOS compliance.

Who oversees the scheme?

ESOS is monitored by the Environment Agency.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

There are different penalties depending on what the business has failed to do. Failing to undertake an energy audit could result in a fixed penalty of up to £50,000. There may then be a further daily fine of £500 until the appropriate documentation has been submitted. Names of businesses that fail to meet the requirements of ESOS will also be publicised.

How much does an ESOS assessment cost?

The cost of the assessment will be determined by the scope and complexity of the business energy use. ESOS assessment fees for straightforward businesses with few properties and lower employee numbers will likely be much lower than those with large property portfolios, bigger transport fleets and costs and those with significant energy consuming processes.

What happens when the ESOS assessment is complete?

The report is signed off by the appropriate company director(s) and the Lead Assessor. It is then submitted to the Environment Agency.

Do I have to act on the report findings?

No. There is no obligation to make any changes to the business, however a good ESOS report should identify energy savings that should in turn reduce the running costs to the business.

Where can I find more information on ESOS?

The official ESOS compliance guidance can be found here. For help with your assessment, contact Up Energy today.

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