As most organisations and those working in energy will be aware ESOS is the UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme. It addresses the requirements of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. This promotes energy efficiency and requires all member states to introduce a system of energy audits for large enterprises. It is mandatory for all businesses which fulfill the criteria to comply. Currently, there are 2 phases, we have just entered the second phase.
Will my organisation be affected?
Not all businesses have to comply, you do however if on the 31 December 2018 your organisation was/is:
- Any UK company that either:
– Employs 250 or more people.
– Has an annual turnover exceeding €50m (£38,937,777) and a balance sheet exceeding €43m (£33,486,489).
- An overseas company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees (paying income tax in the UK).
When is the next deadline?
The deadline for phase 2 of ESOS is 5 December 2019. This is the date by which an organisation must notify the Environment Agency (EA) that it has undergone ESOS audits and it has approved the report via an online filing mechanism. These audits must be approved by a certified lead assessor and signed off by a company director. The earliest this could have began was the start of 2018, as ESOS compliance requires the inclusion of a 12 month period of total energy consumption data which includes the qualification date of 31 December 2018.
There are exceptions to the rule
If your company currently has ISO:50001 certification or will have it before the deadline of 5 December 2019 you will be exempt from ESOS Phase 2. This is on the basis that you have fully implemented the standard across the business. If you have not fully covered the business energy within the standard then a 90% rule is applied.
Described by the gov.uk website – ‘As long as 90% of your total energy consumption is covered, you can use a mix of approaches with some of your energy consumption covered by ISO 50001; some by DECs or GDAs and some by ESOS energy audits.’
If you are underneath 90% you will need to undertake an ESOS assessment and review the guidelines to discover your next course of action to ensure compliance.
Why is the ESOS so important?
As we are all aware our carbon footprint, the effect our energy usage has on our environment and how we tackle it is going to affect our overall sustainability for the future. It is of the utmost importance that we all start to manage this effectively and look after our delicate ecosystem, conserve resources and tackle climate change. The ESOS enables us to do this. In addition to this energy efficiently helps organisations save money.
ISO:50001 supports organisations enabling them to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS). ISO:50001 is based on the management system model of ‘Plan – Do – Check – Act’ and continual improvement. It’s also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001.
These initiatives make it easier for organisations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to affect change, streamline processes and manage and improve their environmental procedures.
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Article written by: Julie Plunkett-Dent, Business Development Manager