Although I have touched upon ESOS in previous BQ articles, for those not familiar with it, here’s a little bit of background:
ESOS is set to bring into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. What does that mean? Well, it means that all large businesses (those with at least 250 people or an annual turnover in excess of €50m and a balance sheet in excess of €43) in the UK will require a comprehensive energy assessment to be carried out at least once every four years.
An ESOS assessment will, among other things, measure energy consumption, identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations and report your business’s compliance to the Environment Agency.
Why should you care? Well, there may be some hefty fines for those who fail to grasp the scheme’s importance. Fixed penalties for ESOS non-compliance start at £5,000, and there could be an additional £500 penalty for each day that there is a failure to notify the regulatory agency. Ouch.
A reason to be scared? Well, not really – but you may well be forgiven for feeling anxious once you’ve listened to some of the sales pitches from those cold calling companies.
My advice? Don’t get caught up in the hype and the hard sell and don’t be rushed into anything regarding ESOS. You’ve got more than enough time to take a calm, measured approach to the whole thing: compliance has to be reported to the Environment Agency by 5 December, 2015.
And as far as ESOS is concerned, I believe it will pay to take your time and get it right. Far from being a worry or something to be seen as a burden, this is a scheme that, if approached in the correct manner, can actually present businesses with opportunities to improve energy efficiency in a way that cuts running costs and boosts competitiveness. Let’s face it, if you’ve got to do it anyway, you may as well do it properly – a failure to grasp this means that this is something that could easily become a burden.
Some of the people I’ve been talking to are being put off by the prices being bandied around for assessments and the incessant sales pitches. Just remember, it is early days right now – there is no need to rush into anything.
To sum up: don’t worry about ESOS and certainly don’t get sucked into the vortex of the ESOS hype. Take your time, employ a measured, common sense approach and think about ESOS more as an opportunity than a burden – that way, you can make sure you get the scheme to work for your business.
If you’d like to find out more about ESOS, or simply want to discuss the energy saving options available for your business, then call Tadea’s Energy Management Service on 0845 602 9569 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Tadea, visit www.tadea.com