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ESOS Compliance

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, or ESOS, is government legislation that requires companies to audit their energy usage. If your company meets the qualification criteria and fails to comply with the legislation you may be fined up to £90,000.


The main route to ESOS compliance is by carrying out ESOS energy audits of your buildings, transport and processes. These must either be carried out or reviewed by a registered ESOS Lead Assessor. Alternative routes to compliance include instigating an energy management system to the international standard ISO 50001.


Cynergin can help you meet the requirements of ESOS using whichever compliance route suits you. Our surveyors, Lead Assessors and Experts see ESOS as an opportunity to identify low cost ways to reduce your energy costs, rather than simply be an administrative burden. With the deadline approaching however, fast, efficient compliance will be the first priority to avoid the potential heavy fines.


Our approach to ESOS is to carry out the necessary compliance activities in a way that gives additional value to your business, beyond compliance. This may be by looking at a particular building or process that you think would benefit, or finding ways to reduce your business travel costs.


If you have any questions, or are looking for support with your ESOS compliance, Cynergin can help. Call our ESOS lead Simon Tilleard on 0845 257 7080 or email;




Does ESOS affect my company?


If you are a UK organisation with 250 or more employees, or meet certain financial criteria, you must comply with ESOS. The Environment Agency, who administrates the scheme, estimates that there are 14,000 organisations who qualify.


What do we have to do?


If you think you qualify for ESOS the quickest way to comply is to appoint an ESOS Lead Assessor to audit your energy use, survey your buildings, transport and processes and submit a notice of you compliance to the Environment Agency. You can also implement an ISO 50001 energy management system to comply, which is a longer process, but provides additional benefits that may be of interest to your company.


When is the deadline?


The deadline for completing your energy surveys and submitting your notice of compliance to the Environment Agency is 5th December 2015.


What happens if we can’t comply before 5th December?


As there are so many companies expected to struggle to meet the deadline, the Environment Agency have said that they won’t fine any non-compliant company as long as they appoint a Lead Assessor before 5th December 2015 and then comply before 29th January 2016.


What happens if we don’t appoint a Lead Assessor or comply by another route?


If you don’t take action to comply with the legislation you are at risk of being fined by the Environment Agency: fines escalate after the deadline so it makes sense to comply as soon as you can, even if you can’t make the deadline. The EA have t power to fine non-compliant companies £90,000.


Regardless of the potential fines, ESOS presents a great opportunity to take stock of your energy use and find ways to cut your bills and carbon emissions. Many companies are surprised to find free and low cost energy efficiency measures which pay for themselves and the compliance costs from the savings they generate. Cynergin’s approach to ESOS is to make the best of ESOS; to focus the surveys where you think it’s worthwhile and to look at the areas that make sense to your business.


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