ESOS Regulation: Are You Compliant?
Introduced by the government to improve energy performance and meet EU legislation, the energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS) is compulsory for a large number of organisations in the UK. As the scheme is new, many are unsure of what to do next. So, what is the best compliance route (or routes) for your organisation if you qualify?
To discuss how ESOS may affect your organisation and to find out more about how we can help you to comply, contact us today.
One of the ways to ensure your organisation's compliance with ESOS is to carry out a mandatory energy audit every four years. These audits follow the ESOS Regulations, and the principles described in ISO 50002, to help you to assess the energy used by your buildings, processes and transport. In turn, this enables you to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. After each assessment, you will need to notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline to let them know that you have complied with your ESOS obligations.
ISO 50001 is the compliance route that ensures long-term savings since it includes not only an energy review, but also an energy policy, objectives, targets and action plans, awareness and training programmes. As an international standard it also gives you more visibility and a certificate that is recognised all over the world. ISO 50001 can also be integrated into existing management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
In order to ensure that an ESOS Assessment complies with regulatory requirements, it must be delivered or verified by an ESOS Lead Assessor. The only exception to this rule is for organisations that have an accredited ISO 50001 certification for their energy management system, covering 100% of its energy consumption.
If you opt to have the energy audit performed by a non-recognised energy assessor, let’s say your own internal team, or your ISO 50001 management system does not cover 100% of your energy consumption, you will need to follow an ESOS Lead Assessor verification process.
This means verifying the correct definition of the ESOS Assessment scope, that it covers at least 90% of your organisation’s energy consumption and that the energy audit respects the requirements set out in the ESOS Regulations.
We offer a wide range of complementary solutions to help you achieve compliance with ESOS. Our team includes assessors distributed across the country, with experience in a variety of industries. Each assessor is selected on the basis of suitable qualification and recognised by the Environment Agency to perform ESOS audits.
Plus, as we have delivered an ESOS webinar and developed a Frequently Asked Questions document with the Environment Agency, you can be sure we understand the requirements. As a result, we can help you identify the best solution for your specific circumstances. For example:
- What existing information can be used to comply with ESOS?
- What is the best compliance route(s) for your organisation?
- What is the best audit scope and boundaries to achieve both ESOS compliance and business objectives?
- Do you need an ESOS Lead Assessor verification process?
We provide the two major compliance routes and a broad range of energy and carbon related services, so you can benefit from reduced costs and jointly delivered services, such as:
- Integrated ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 audits
- ESOS energy audits and GHG emissions verification (for instance, EU-ETS verification or CDP Verification)
Our training programme will help you develop your internal capabilities to manage all energy and carbon challenges. We offer a range of courses for every level of your organisation: senior management, energy team, energy auditors, energy manager and employees.