Environment Agency Issues Second ESOS Warning

The Environment Agency has issued a second letter to those who qualify for the government’s mandatory ESOS scheme, warning of the five-figure fines being risked by non-compliance and therefore encouraging an urgency towards becoming ESOS compliant.

Energy Live News (ELN) confirmed that three in five companies admitted they have not set a budget to comply with ESOS. In addition to this, ELN found that 73% of companies that are included in the first round of ESOS have yet to start mandatory audits that will need to be in place by the deadline of 5 December 2015. The research further identified that 61% of businesses surveyed are yet to appoint a lead assessor and only 27% are already ESOS compliant.

UK businesses qualify for the scheme if they fit into any of the following categories:

* >250 employees

* <250 employees (Annual turnover exceeding €50m & balance sheet exceeding €43m)

* A large group undertaking

To comply with ESOS, companies must complete and submit energy audits across buildings, transport and industrial activities by the deadline, making sure they meet standards set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Duncan Banks, CEO at IU Energy explained: “At least 12 months of audit data needs to be supplied by the above date so our advice is to act now if you haven’t already done so.  We are already working with a number of organisations from regional powerhouses to a multi national plc so we can advise on what is needed to ensure compliance. Furthermore, there is a real shortage of lead assessors so leaving it late could be risky and probably more expensive as we approach the deadline of 5 December.”

If you’d like further advice on ESOS please contact Duncan Banks on 01752 262626 or email management@iuenergy.co.uk for a free initial discussion.