ESOS Newsletter (October 2018)

As a continuing commitment of the United Kingdom’s Environment Agencies to keep ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) stakeholders informed of the regulatory and procedural process, they have published their second newsletter for 2018.

The Newsletter published jointly by the Environment Agencies for the UK, namely, the Environment Agency (England), Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, covers four current topical issues:

Phase 1 Civil Penalties Published
The first Civil Penalties for ESOS Phase 1 non-compliance have, now, been published totalling £ 157,770 (as at 11 October 2018) & these can be viewed online here.

Further penalties will be added to the above publication as the Environment Agencies enforcement cases progress.

Link to Latest Compliance Data
The current published data (as of 31 May 2018) provides evidence of 647 further submissions out of a total of 7,115 organisations. The dataset can be downloaded as a zip file found here.

Research on Energy Audits & Reporting including ESOS
BEIS has commissioned an external contractor (Ipsos Mori) to research on the effectiveness of energy audits and energy reporting in driving energy efficiency savings in organisations.

The second stage of this work is now starting to evaluate the impact of the first phase of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), following on from the interim ESOS evaluation published earlier in October 2017.

The findings will feed into discussions on future energy efficiency policy, so your input is an opportunity to help shape the decisions that affect UK businesses.

If you are contacted, please consider taking part and contributing to this valuable research project.

Phase 2 Qualification and Compliance
The Environment Agencies encourage any Participants that expect to qualify for Phase 2 to undertake their Energy Audit Program at the earliest opportunity, if they wish to take full advantage of the time provided by the Regulations.

A helpful table is provided to clarify ESOS compliance activities that can be up to the Compliance Date (31 December 2018) and those activities that can, only, take place after that date.

Their helpful table is provided below:

If you are looking for a guide through the complexities of the ESOS compliance obligations & to undertake your ESOS Assessment including the Energy Audit, I have considerable experience as a qualified IEMA ESOS Lead Energy Assessor & welcome your early contact.

In the meantime, a copy of the second 2018 ESOS Newsletter can be downloaded here


  1. Review the content of the ESOS Newsletter (October 2018) in the context of your compliance obligation for the ESOS Regulations.
  2. Consider the timing of your energy audit within the Phase 2 period: (31 December 2015 – 31 December 2019.
  3. Move forward with the preparation of your energy data for the energy audit and assessment to meet the Compliance Deadline (31 December 2019) in conjunction with your ESOS Energy Assessor.
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