Are you ready for ESOS?

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If your organisation employs more than 250 employees or delivers a turnover in excess of €50M / £36M, then you will fall under the mandatory requirements of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and have to complete an energy audit by December 5, 2015.

What does this mean?
Under the scheme, your organisation will be required to determine the total energy use from its business operations (including building energy use, transport energy use and industrial processes). You will also be required to calculate the amount of energy used per employee and identify potential measures that could save energy. These initial audits will need to be undertaken by December 5, 2015.

What is ESOS?
ESOS is the UK’s response to Article 8 of the European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive. The aim is to cut carbon emissions by requiring large businesses to identify energy reduction measures and make energy savings. Thousands of UK organisations will be affected by the scheme – find out if your organisation is one of them, contact us today.

Under ESOS, all large companies must undertake an energy audit conducted or overseen by an approved ESOS Lead Assessor once every four years. Audits will include an estimate of total energy consumption covering:
• buildings
• industrial processes
• transport, and will also identify energy saving opportunities.

The audit must be signed off by a board-level director before being submitted to the Environment Agency.

The audit must be signed off by a board-level director before being submitted to the Environment Agency.

What do you need to do?
You do have options!

1 – Comply with ESOS by having a registered Lead ESSOS auditor undertake an energy audit and submit the report to the Environment Agency.
ESOS Lead Auditors are currently in high demand and charging a premium for these audits. You are not legally obliged to address the findings of the energy report although it will provide detailed opportunities for energy saving and cost reduction.

Alternatively…

2 – Implement an energy Management System (EnMS) certified to ISO50001.
This does not necessarily require an ESOS Lead Auditor to undertake the energy audit. Certification to ISO50001 is more cost effective and provides 3rd party certification to the standard, as well as establishing reduction targets and objectives; thereby effectively ensuring a structured and progressive approach to achieving reduction in energy usage and cost savings.

Having your system certified by an independent Certification Body also demonstrates your commitment to the environment to customers and stakeholders.

The Energy Management System is structured in a similar manner to the Environmental Management System ISO14001. If your organisation has already implemented, or plan to implement, ISO14001, you can integrate the requirements of the management systems to enable a more efficient implementation process while ensuring that the benefits from the continued value add of the management system, in the form of reduced energy costs.

For the reasons above, we strongly recommend option 2.
How can we help you?

As well as guiding you through the compliance process and offering expert advice, we can:

  • Develop your energy management procedures targets and objectives
  • Assist with policy development
  • Provide expert advice guidance and training
  • Liaise with your chosen certification body
  • Establish measure and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Save money by continually reducing your energy consumption year on year.

Contact us today for advice tailored to your business.

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