The long awaited reformed terms for ESOS Phase 3 have just been announced. So what’s new and what does this mean for your organisation?
In partnership with The Green Consultancy
- All private organisations with over 250 employees and/or €50m are still required to undergo compulsory energy audits by qualified auditors.
- Significant energy consumption de minimis has been reduced to 5% from 10% in phase 3.
- Additional details will be required in reports including more data, a report on actions since last ESOS report, more detailed ‘next steps’.
- Certification to the energy management standard ISO 50001 will still have automatic compliance with ESOS and this approach has so many other benefits too.
Here are the key dates for your ESOS obligations:
• Twelve months’ energy data used in the ESOS audit can begin from 1st January 2022
• Organisations are required to comply based on their situation (number of employees/turnover) as at 31st December 2022
• Phase 3 audits will be required to be completed and reports submitted to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2023
What can you do to prepare?
The biggest challenge to completing ESOS audits on time is collation of data. There is now time before the next compliance date to ensure that systems are put into place to collect and organise data in a consistent and appropriate manner. Having collated the data, there is a lot it can tell you about your energy use and where savings can be made.
The Green Consultancy’s parent company, JRP Solutions, will be hosting a webinar on ESOS Phase 3 on 8th September. Registration for the event opened on the 8th August.
ESOS audits and other energy audits that The Green Consultancy have undertaken in the last two phases have shown that most organisations have considerable opportunities to save energy, costs and emissions.
A staggering 32% of Phase 2 ESOS assessments were not fully compliant.
If you are interested in appointing The Green Consultancy to carry out your Phase 3 audit, they will guarantee legal compliance.