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September 3, 2015

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ESOS energy assessment deadline looms

Only 152 organisations have notified the Environment Agency that they are fully compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations (ESOS), with only three months until the deadline.

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures and organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years.

With just three months to go until the deadline, only 152 organisations have notified the Environment Agency, according to a survey.

Savills Energy, energy and environment consultancy, have said this represents less than 1 per cent of the 15,000 firms that need to comply.

The consultancy is urging businesses to complete the process as it can take up to three months for an assessor to complete the mandatory audit.

The deadline to provide evidence of a completed audit to the Environment Agency is 5th December 2015.

Stuart Campbell, director at Savills Energy, said: “Businesses which fail to comply with ESOS could be fined up to £50,000, plus an additional £500 a day, every day [that] the audit remains outstanding.

He added: “Rather than seeing the process as a bureaucratic hurdle to jump over and forget, proactive businesses will identify the energy efficiency improvements the audit sets out as a very efficient way of discovering business-wide cost savings.”

Savills Energy has developed a specialist ESOS service to provide a structured approach to compliance and produced a guide to ESOS compliance for businesses.

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