In July 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) which is the latest in a long line of EU-led compliance legislation, was transmuted into UK statute with the Environment Agency as the key administrators of the scheme. ESOS requires all large UK enterprises to have an organisational energy audit every four years. In mid-December, the Agency launched its compliance portal through which all submissions must be made in time for the December 2015 start date.
Businesses that qualify for ESOS compliance are required to submit their data before 5th December 2015. However, with this development, businesses can be registered as fully ESOS compliant from 1st January 2015 and begin to make savings from their investment.
Lead Assessors managing ESOS compliance are now able to submit finalised data on behalf of businesses. The main role of the Lead Assessor is to ensure that organisations are ESOS compliant and that the recommendations being made are technically accurate and of true benefit to the client. The ESOS organisation is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of its compliance.
Matt Gitsham, Lead Assessor for Sustain, says, “I am looking forward to working with clients to help reduce their running costs and their carbon. This is a fantastic opportunity to make much more of a difference. Lead Assessors will play an important role in overseeing the whole process using their experience to audit and sample whilst organising the necessary site visits and setting the project timetable.”
Sustain’s growing pool of ESOS clients are mobilising to make early savings that will result from implementing the measures recommended in their audits, with several likely to be fully compliant in the first quarter.