BEIS has published its response to a consultation on strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The main thrust has been to increase the scope of energy and carbon savings that can be identified.
Some of the changes are expected to be implemented in advance of the current Phase 3 compliance deadline (05 December 2023), and others in Phase 4 (05 December 2027).
The key changes to be aware of are:
The addition of a net zero element to ESOS audits will not become a requirement until Phase 4. However, BEIS is currently working with BSI on the production of a new net zero audit PAS standard, which will enable ESOS participants to implement the proposal in Phase 3 on a voluntary basis.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial to secure a qualified ESOS lead assessor to guide your business through the evolving compliance process and to guarantee compliance ahead of the Phase 3 deadline.
Although the deadline for Phase 3 ESOS is December 2023, you can start collecting the 12 months’ energy data from 31 December 2021.
Lead assessors are in high demand, and particularly as you get closer to the deadline, so we recommend:
With energy prices at record highs and growing stakeholder demands surrounding ESG, getting ahead with ESOS Phase 3 and acting upon the recommendations could alleviate some of these pressures and get you started on your journey towards decarbonisation.
In addition, getting prepared means you can consider combining ESOS compliance with other mandatory and voluntary schemes (such as SECR, ISO 50,001 and SBTi) or indeed a net zero strategy, which will streamline processes and lead to cost savings.
Our compliance team are on hand to provide advice and support on ESOS compliance, please do get in touch:
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