Environment Agency issues new ESOS warning

Environment Agency issues new ESOS warning

The Environment Agency has issued a second warning to organisations to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
All organisations that employ at least 250 people, or have an annual turnover in excess of £38.9 million and an annual balance sheet total in excess of £33.5 million, have been sent letters to prompt organisations to take action, rather than waiting until the 5th December deadline.

ESOS assessment, the first of which costs up to £17,000, requires firms to identify cost-effective ways to invest in energy efficiency and reduce energy bills. An audit must then be carried out every four years.

A report last month by Edie, found that many of the businesses affected had not yet taken action.

Four in five respondents to its research showed a high awareness of the regulations, but 39 percent had not moved to comply.

More than 50 major companies and business groups have signed an open letter in support of the “major economic opportunity” available through reducing carbon emissions from buildings.

Business leaders from organisations such as BAM Construct, Saint-Gobain and E.ON, have sent an open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, published in the Daily Telegraph, highlighting the business case for tackling omissions.

The letter stated that energy efficiency “stimulates economic activity” and bolsters the UK economy’s competitiveness internationally, creating jobs in the process.

It called for the government to deliver on its commitment for all new non-domestic buildings to be zero-carbon from 2019.

Business leaders continued in the letter: “It lowers costs for businesses and householders, and reduces the burden on the NHS. And as a more cost-effective means of meeting demand than building new generating capacity, it is also crucial in safeguarding our energy security.”