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Large Businesses Urged to Take Action as ESOS Deadline Looms


Large businesses are urged to prepare as the deadline for UK government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Phase 2, of December 5, 2019, is fast approaching.

Organisations with more than 250 people or a turnover in excess of €50M (£44,845,000) are affected by ESOS in the UK, mandating that comprehensive energy efficiency assessments are carried out once every four years. The purpose of ESOS is to identify cost-effective energy-saving measures across an organisation to help achieve maximum financial value from greater energy efficiencies.

“The ESOS energy audit requirement proved a challenging exercise for many companies first time round in 2015. According to the Environment Agency (EA) fines totalling £157,770 were levied at 15 companies that failed to meet compliance,” said Niko Kavakiotis, head of the Building Performance & Sustainability UK. “The end of phase 1 also revealed that 300 enforcement notices to non-compliant organisations, plus 200 more were issued in the financial year.”

All companies that participated in phase 1 were expected to undertake another in the second phase where enforcement is expected to be more stringent than previous. After the first phase 2015 legislation was updated across several countries across Europe applying new deadlines; adding extra complexity for multinational compliance.

ESOS success can require both organisational and technical modifications but there are guidelines and tools in place to assist in assessments. It is also advised that an experienced lead assessor, familiar with the compliance scenario, is appointed to execute and oversee energy audits and overall ESOS assessment.

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