With just over two months until the ESOS compliance deadline, it has been announced that at this moment in time, only 1% of obligated businesses are compliant with their obligations under the ESOS regulations.
The worrying statistic comes from a freedom of information request which revealed that only 150 companies out of over 10,000 obligated companies have carried out the energy efficiency audits required under ESOS.
All obligated companies (unless ISO 50001 certified) must have ensured compliance under the regulations and submitted a notification of compliance to the Environment Agency by the ESOS deadline of 5 December 2015.
Those who are found to be non-compliant could face a basic fine of £50,000 and additional fines of £800 a day capped at a maximum of 80 days – way more expensive than an audit. Non-compliant companies will also be named.
The Environment Agency
On the back of this information, the Environment Agency have vowed to do all it can to raise awareness of the regulations by providing guidance and help for businesses through a series of letters, emails, events and webinars and are confident that awareness of the scheme is rising.
The Agency’s ESOS project manager Jo Scully told edie: “The feedback we have received from businesses shows that awareness of the scheme has risen but organisations still have work to do in order to comply.
“In response to this, we sent out a reminder letter to 14,000 businesses urging them to take action and we will be sending out another letter in October as well as launching an email campaign specifically targeting businesses with fewer than 500 employees.
“We have also been raising awareness by holding workshops, producing a regular newsletter, publishing guidance on our website and setting up a dedicated helpdesk.”
How will you benefit from ESOS compliance?
It is essential that obligated businesses ensure compliance before the ESOS deadline. Not only will they be avoiding a hefty fine, they will also be able to take advantage of an opportunity to reduce overheads and energy costs.
Effective implementation is predicted to save businesses a minimum of £250million in energy costs by 2016, and as much as £1.6billion by 2030.
ESOS compliance requires minimal investment with a typical audit costing just 0.1-0.5% of energy spends. Government estimates state that a standard ESOS audit will determine potential cost savings that are more than 13.5 times greater than the cost of the audit.
ESOS audits will identify measures that are the most appropriate for your undertaking and are likely to include both quick fixes and cost effective long term investments that will reduce energy costs.
Comply Direct are able to provide your business with an approved LEAD assessor who can assist with ESOS compliance.
If you would like to find out more about ESOS compliance and how Comply Direct can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch.