Less than five months to the ESOS Phase 2 deadline – Here’s what you need to do

Less than five months to the ESOS Phase 2 deadline – Here’s what you need to do

ESOS (The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme), launched by the Environment Agency in 2014, is currently in its second Phase, with the deadline for report submission for those within scope set at December 15th.

Generally, most UK organisations with either 250 or more staff, OR turnover >€50m and balance sheet >€43m will need to be audited for total energy use and efficiency throughout the whole organisation and submit a report. There are exceptions and variations but if you are unsure if you need to comply it’s important to check with an ESOS qualified lead assessor, as the fines for noncompliance can run into tens of thousands of pounds.

Ipswich-based Leading Lives, the 34th largest employee-owned business in the UK, offers a range of services for people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs across Suffolk and neighbouring counties. It’s been working with Suffolk-based Cost Management Consultants, Auditel, for a few years and asked them to manage its Phase 2 ESOS audit and report submission. With a variety of premises throughout the county and beyond, onsite audits of many of the locations were required along with analysis into fuel used for company vehicles and grey fleet.

The conclusions from the energy surveys offered many realistic recommendations, which if implemented should save Leading Lives up to £13k annually. As well as remaining compliant with legislation, it will ensure they operate as energy efficiently as possible.

Leading Lives Managing Director, Tony Carr, says: “Paul Copsey and Alan Ford from Auditel have done an excellent job in helping us get our report completed and submitted in good time, and we look forward to reducing energy use across the group. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, it is good to be aware of our impact on the environment and to ensure we are as energy efficient as possible. Additionally, any reinvestment is to be welcomed”

Auditel’s Paul Copsey has this advice for any organisation yet to submit their Phase 2 report: “As the deadline for Phase 1 submission drew ever closer back in 2015 we saw ESOS Qualified Lead Assessors becoming ever more in demand, resulting in stressful situations and increased fees. If you think you need to take action, it’s imperative to check now and be sure either way.”

Paul can be contacted on 01394 338655 or via paul.copsey@auditel.co.uk and its usually quite straightforward to establish if compliance is required.

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Photo of L-R Tony Carr and Paul Copsey. Credit to Auditel