DECC’s Update on ESOS

Following DECC hosted roadshows on ESOS last year, they now published summary reports of these events. DECC have also developed some further practical advice on how ESOS participants might approach ESOS audits. This advice is entirely optional to read and follow but is intended to provide some ideas about how different organisations might seek to apply the ESOS requirements.

The energy-audit scheme will be mandatory for businesses that either employ at least 250 people or employ fewer than 250 people and have an annual turnover of more than £40m plus a balance sheet exceeding £34.4m.

Called “Approaches to ESOS Audits“, the guide aims to give more detailed advice on how to undertake an ESOS audit in response to feedback from businesses wanting further advice.

The Government department said the pack “is intended to help provide supportive ‘best-practice’ advice on how to exploit the flexible framework ESOS provides to maximise cost saving benefits for organisations”.

The DECC said the guidance is not mandatory and does not replace the existing Environment Agency ESOS Compliance Guidance pack.

ESOS is being run by the Environment Agency and businesses will have to start submitting energy reports, which includes energy used by company cars, from December 2015. The EA will administer the scheme and issue penalty notices up to £50,000 for non-compliance.

The EMA has been approved by the Environment Agency as an Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Lead Assessor Register. The EMA runs a one-day training course: EMA Leading an Energy Assessment, as one of the steps to join the EMA ESOS Lead Assessor Register.