Specific guidance has been issued from the Environment Agency for England, Natural Resources Wales and Northern Ireland Environment Agency on how to conduct ESOS energy assessments and respond to Enforcement Notices during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The guidance covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland with separate guidance expected from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
The guidance note covers the following ESOS Assessment issues with the text in quotation marks extracted directly from the guidance document:
Site Visits for ESOS Assessment
“Where site visits are not currently possible you can continue to complete the ESOS assessment without a site visit where sufficient energy use data and other information for the selected site(s) is available. In these instances please keep the information and decision documents in your evidence pack. A recommendation could be that further investigation is necessary for a given site to identify energy savings and these will need to be re-scheduled for completion at an appropriate date”.
Completion of ESOS Phase 2 Assessments
“For organisations who are still required to complete their Phase 2 ESOS commitments, they should carry on with this as best they can. If they are unable to complete their ESOS commitments due to Covid 19 restrictions then please let the appropriate regulator know as soon as possible”.
ESOS Enforcement Notices
“Any organisation that has received an ESOS Enforcement Notice will still be expected to comply with the Enforcement Notice or inform the appropriate Regulator why they will be unable to comply. Contact details are provided below”.
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