Nearly half of British manufacturers (45%) are unprepared for the government’s mandatory energy audits which kick in next year, claims a new poll.
A similar proportion (49%) say they aren’t even aware of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) while two-thirds (69%) feel uninformed about its requirements.
The worrying statistics come from a survey of more than 100 decision makers at manufacturing businesses across the UK by energy supplier npower.
Companies which don’t comply with ESOS will get fines of up to £50,000 plus extra charges of £500 per day for up to 80 days.
The ESOS is a mandatory energy assessments and energy savings identification scheme for large undertakings in the UK. Compliance under this scheme must be entailed by 5th December 2015, however action is recommend ASAP to allow ample time to carry out all actions required.
Am I affected?
You are likely to be in the ESOS if, on the qualification date of 31st December 2014 you are:
- An Undertaking which has 250 or more employees in the UK.
- An Undertaking which has fewer than 250 employees, but has:
o An Annual turnover exceeding €50m and,
o A balance sheet exceeding €43m
- Part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking which meets criteria 1 or 2 above.
What must we do?
A brief overview:
- Measure total energy consumption across:
- Transport- Freight and business travel in company and employees vehicles
- Industrial activities.
- Conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations.
- Report compliance to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2015
Before notification to the Environment Agency, the ESOS assessment must be conducted or reviewed by a lead assessor and reviewed by a board level director.
What if we do not comply?
Failure to correctly comply with the scheme can lead to fines of up to £50,000 and / or an additional fine of £500 per day, until compliance is entailed, for a maximum of 80 days. Non complying companies will also be named and shamed.
Where can I find help?
If you think you may qualify for this scheme or you aren’t sure, please contact Envantage to discuss compliance in more detail. We can provide you more details on how the scheme works and how we can help meet the requirements of the scheme.
Envantage has a range of ESOS approved lead assessors and Chartered Energy Managers
The Environment Agency has now announced the first round of approved lead assessors for the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Envantage has successfully obtained lead assessor status in the first round and are able to work with you to deliver ESOS compliance and energy savings.
The scheme has a number of elements that must be completed by 5th December 2015 from energy data collection and quantification to full energy auditing. With less than 14 months to comply, action is recommended now in order to meet the ESOS legislation and benefit from potential energy saving opportunities. For more information on how we can help please contact Envantage to discuss your requirements with a member of the team.
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