‘’During my time as a Lead Assessor, I have been responsible for ensuring that organisations achieve ESOS compliance. However, I have also witnessed organisations fail to comply and consequently face huge penalties. To avoid fines of up to £50,000, I would recommend getting your ESOS compliance underway early, as in Phase 1 there weren’t enough Lead Assessors to go around.”
-Katie Price, Compliance 365’s Lead Assessor
What is ESOS Phase 2?
ESOS Phase 2 is the second compliance phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for around 10,000 large organisations in the UK, carried out every four years. It requires energy data for buildings, transport and industrial processes over a 12 month period.
Who qualifies for ESOS?
ESOS applies to all large organisations in the UK with over 250 employees or has a turnover of £38,937,777 and a balance sheet exceeding £33,486,489. ESOS mainly affects businesses but it can apply to non-profit organisations if they are large enough to meet the criteria.
Why is it important?
ESOS establishes opportunities for organisations to save money. Compliance with ESOS is a legal requirement and will prevent large fines. Non-compliant companies’ penalties are also published online which may be detrimental to your reputation.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for ESOS Phase 2 is 5th December 2019. If your organisation is non-compliant by this date, you should expect a fine of £50,000 and an additional fine of £800 per day for up to 80 days.
Where can I seek ESOS advice?
To find out if you qualify for ESOS or to get further information on ESOS from us here at Compliance365, visit http://compliance365.co.uk/legal-compliance/esos/.
Alternatively, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01924 669940.
How can I ensure my organisation is compliant?
To ensure your organisation is compliant, you must submit your organisational structure, your total energy consumption for 12 months, individual energy audits on your property portfolio, fleet & industrial processes and an evidence pack, allowing the environment agency to audit your submission. This must be signed off by a Lead Assessor.
Where do you see yourself in 12 months? Only just thinking about ESOS and panicking that the deadline is approaching, or relaxed as it has been left with your ESOS assessor and they are crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s for you?