If you need to know how to ensure compliance with the UK ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity) Scheme – This article brings you the latest information.
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 newsletter for September 2019
This is the fifth Newsletter published in 2019 & issued 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:
Identifying Energy Savings Opportunities
This section reinforces the requirements that an ESOS participant has to identify their significant energy consumption (SEC), at least 90% of the total energy consumption, this energy has to be audited or subject to one of the alternative compliance routes (see the previous post: ESOS Newsletter (August 2019).
Additionally, the Newsletter highlights the need for the use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) in determining cost effectiveness as it is considered to be a much better assessment of the costs and benefits of a project over an extended life time. It is recognised that for some smaller projects using Simple Payback Period (SPP) may be more relevant. In these cases, the reasons for using SPP rather than LCCA should be recorded in your evidence pack. Appendix
Assessment Standards Table
A table has been developed to provide guidance on the standards expected from Participants and Assessors in ESOS has been published and is available as a download via the ESOS notification system.
A copy can be downloaded here
ESOS Notification System
Again, the Phase 2 notification system is reinforced. The new notification system for Phase 2 of ESOS is now available and has replaced the Phase 1 notification system, which is closed.
The Phase 2 notification system is available here
Any Participants that have not completed their Phase 1 notification are requested to contact the ESOS helpdesk at ESOS@environment-agency.gov.uk
Again, the Newsletter reinforces the Critical Dates raised in the August Newsletter.
Don’t forget that the final date for compliance with ESOS Phase 2 and making your notification is 5th December 2019.
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In the meantime, a copy of the September 2019 ESOS Newsletter can be downloaded here