Confused by the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme? Worried about the December deadline?
Worry no more as Sustainability Consultants Eight Associates are offering a free 30 minute consutation to Better Bankside businesses.
To avail of this offer contact Chris Hocknell chris [at] eightassociates.co.uk (subject: ESOS%2030%20minute%20consultation)
On 17 July 2014 the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was introduced by the UK Government. Businesses are encouraged to look at, and invest in, energy saving opportunities as part of the assessments to help meet the government’s target of reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. It will require large undertakings to carry out Energy Audits every four years.
A large undertaking is defined as any UK company that either: employs 250 or more people or has an annual turnover in excess of £38,937,777 and an annual balance sheet total in excess of £33,486,489.
The first compliance date is 5 December 2015, by which date qualifying organisations must carry out their ESOS assessment and notify the Environment Agency.
The good news is the Environment Agency has announced that it will not penalise firms that miss the 5 December deadline as long as the comply by 29 January 2016 and inform the EA that they will miss the original deadline by the 5 December. What is clear is that organisations should be doing as much as they can to comply before the deadline, including appointing a Lead Assessor (even if they cannot complete the work prior to the deadline because of other commitments).
Failure to comply with ESOS will result in fines of up to £50,000 and possible charges of an additional £500 per day for up to 80 days. Non-complying companies will also be named and shamed.
An alternative route to ESOS compliance would be to obtain ISO 50001 accreditation by 30 June 2016.
If you are looking for some support with this legislation chris [at] eightassociates.co.uk (subject: ESOS%20Consultation) (contact Eight Associates)