Businesses are being advised to start being compliant ‘as early as possible’ to make sure they meet the government’s energy audits deadline and avoid fines.
As part of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), all large firms in the private sector – those with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover of more than £39m and an annual balance sheet over £33.9m – are required to conduct energy audits of their buildings, industrial processes and transportation every four years.
Louise Powell, Business Development Manager at Gemserv is urging businesses to start their audits and avoid non-compliance fines of up to £90,000.
She said, “There are pros and cons to all four compliance routes (ISO 50001, the interational standard for energy management; ESOS assessments; Display Energy Certificates; and Green Deal Assessments) and it’s important organisations do their research, evaluate all the options and implement the one that best enables them to comply with the scheme.”
However, she suggests firms should be taking a longer term view and using ESOS as a way of gaining the ISO 50001 certification, regardless of which compliance route they choose.
ISO 50001 is internationally recognised as the ‘best practice methodology for energy efficiency’.