With just over four months left until the ESOS 2 deadline on 5th December 2019, you may be thinking that it is too late to make an impact on this reporting period but it’s not.
Any actions that you take now can be recorded to show that you are actively trying to decrease your business’s carbon footprint.
What is ESOS?
ESOS stands for Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and it is a UK mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations that are large enough to meet the qualification criteria. The scheme is administrated by the Environment Agency.
The scheme requires qualifying businesses to complete an ESOS assessment every four years about their energy consumption in buildings, industrial processes and transport. It also requires businesses to identify ways of reducing their energy consumption through cost-effective energy saving measures.
Although the report requires you to report on what measures you can undertake to reduce your energy consumption, you are not required to act on this as it is up to your business to assess the cost-effectiveness of implementing these measures.
Who needs to participate in ESOS?
To qualify for ESOS you need to be classed as a large UK undertaking or be part of a corporate group that has one business that meets the criteria. The date at which the size of your business is judged is on 31st December 2018 for ESOS 2.
A large undertaking is defined as being:
- A business that either has 250 employees or has an annual turnover of over 50 million Euros (approx. £44,845,000) and an annual balance sheet in excess of 43 million Euros (approx. £38,566,700)
- An overseas business that has a registered UK office with over 250 UK based employees
Those businesses who have achieved ISO 50001 are exempt from having to complete an ESOS assessment, however, you do need to inform the Environment Agency that you are compliant and have ISO 50001.
And if you are not eligible, it may still be worth assessing your energy consumption regularly so that you can identify how to reduce your energy consumption as this can help you to reduce your overhead costs.
What do you need to do?
If you are required to carry out an assessment you will need to calculate your total energy consumption and identify any areas of significant energy consumption. Every business is required to have an approved lead assessor whether they are internal or external to your business.
Once you have completed your assessment you will need to notify the Environment Agency through their online notification system before 5th December 2019. You are also required to keep records of your compliance with ESOS in an evidence pack that you must store.
What does an ESOS energy audit include?
There is no set format for an energy audit for ESOS, but it must include the following:
- 12 months’ verifiable energy data
- Analysis of your energy consumption and energy efficiency
- Identify any energy saving opportunities
What can you do to impact your report?
Although ESOS doesn’t require you to act on the energy saving measures that you can make, it is probably a wise move to fully assess what you can do and act on those measures that are cost-effective to reduce your energy consumption. Saving energy can make economical sense and can help your business’ environmental credentials.
Understanding where your energy comes from and how it is consumed is the first step as you can buy greener energy to reduce your carbon footprint. Through analysing when and where your energy is consumed you can find any anonymises where energy may be wasted. This can help you build an energy reduction plan by addressing areas of energy wastage.
The next step is to evaluate how to reduce your energy consumption by making your processes more energy efficient or through making your buildings more energy efficient.
You will also need to review your transport energy consumption and explore how to reduce their costs through improved fleets, reducing travel through methods such as video call and conferencing facilities, deploying electric vehicles and installing charging points.
What can Enerteq do to help?
One of the goals of this assessment is to encourage energy efficiency and carbon reduction, which is where Enerteq can help. We can support your ESOS compliance through reviewing existing audits for compliance, carrying out audits or act as your lead assessor.
We can also help you find the best and cleanest energy supplier and help you understand your energy bills to find any anonymises and issues through bill validation and consumption analysis. We can help you to find ways of reducing your energy consumption through improved energy efficiency which could also reduce your overheads.
Contact Enerteq today on 01423 815299 or click the button below and we’ll be happy to offer some advice.