ESOS Phase 2 The environment agency has said that hundreds of organisations will be hit with large fines as they failed to comply with Phase 1 of the mandatory scheme.

ESOS Phase 2 The second phase of the UK Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is now underway. A newsletter has been sent out by the Environment Agency and has issued more than 300 enforcement notes to non-complaint organisations, with around 200 more that need to be issued penalties this year.

Fines can be as high as £50,000 if a company does not claim they qualify for phase 1 of the scheme.

The mandatory energy assessment scheme needs ‘large undertakings’, such as organisations with more than 250 employees, or a turnover in excess of 50 million Euros, to measure their total energy consumption and identify energy efficiency opportunities.

ESOS requires all large businesses to produce reports on the amount of energy use and efficiency every four years.

The deadline for ESOS Phase 2 is 5th December 2019, however you should start now!

Appoint a Lead Assessor Now
Instruct a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor to complete, oversee or review energy audits, to ensure you meet the requirements of ESOS, and to sign off on the overall ESOS compliance submission.

Beat competition.
By undertaking a Phase 2 survey now, more advanced energy reduction opportunities will be available to you.

Make sure your organisation is compliant.
As highlighted above, 40% of organisations were still non-compliant four months after the Phase 1 deadline, so don’t delay.

Reduce overheads.
Early adoption will help improve your business’s energy efficiency.

Avoid penalties.
Ensuring timely compliance avoids any possibility of incurring a fine. Non-compliances, such as failure to submit assessments on time, can incur a variety of penalties from the Environment Agency (EA) for the non-compliant company. These can range from publication of non-compliance on the EA’s website, to a £50,000 fixed penalty plus £500 per day.

References:
https://www.edie.net/news/6/ESOS-Phase-2-begins-after-Environment-Agency-issues-fines-for-non-compliance/
http://www.fmj.co.uk/phase-two-esos-guide-published/
http://www.energylivenews.com/2017/08/31/dont-get-phased-by-esos-start-phase-2-now/