ESOS Warning Issued: 99% of Businesses not ESOS Compliant

Energy Live News have recently found that just 1% of affected companies have submitted audits ahead of the impending 5 December deadline.

To comply with the government’s mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (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).

Failure to comply with the first round of mandatory
this year could lead to fines of up to £50,000.

The Environment Agency have insisted they are doing all they can to raise awareness about the governments mandatory scheme, but as the deadline approaches it is becoming apparent the number of businesses working towards compliance is falling short.

The Survey

Resource management firm, Veolia, undertook a  Freedom of Information request to find out how companies were faring in the countdown to the submissions of their audits. They found that only 150 companies out more than 10,000 have carried out energy efficiency audits.

“Even with the push to inform businesses, it seems almost impossible that thousands of businesses will have their audits in on time,” commented  Pat Gilroy, Chief Operating Officer of Industrial Customers at Veolia. 

Do you qualify?

The scheme requires large undertakings – employing 250 staff or more and/or have a turnover in excess of £38.9m and a balance sheet of £33.4m – to conduct mandatory energy assessments every 4 years.

For more information about ESOS, click here.


Although there is no obligation to implement any of the efficiency measures identified in the audits, the scheme was introduced as it was believed the administrative costs would be outweighed by the financial benefits of implementing the recommended energy efficiency improvements.

Case studies

Top 100 UK Law Firm, Foot Anstey, achieve ESOS compliance – click here

Leading Builders Merchants, RGB holdings Ltd, also achieved ESOS compliance – click here

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What do we say?

Duncan Banks, CEO at IU Energy explains:

“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.”