As HSCE Consultant, James is responsible for delivering EEF’s Environment services. He ensures not only that client’s business needs and examination requirements are met but reduces risks and provides security of professional advice and support. James has worked in the environmental field for over 12 years. Prior to joining EEF he spend 20 years in the brewing industry, holding a number of positions including Group Environmental and Sustainability Manager, where he was responsible for maintaining legal compliance, waste reduction efforts and carbon reporting. James is a full member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Chartered Environmentalist.
What is ESOS and who’s affected?
Under ESOS, all large companies are required to demonstrate compliance, either by alternative routes, such as gaining and maintaining certification to ISO50001, or by undertaking ESOS compliant energy audits during every four year cycle. The assessments should review the amount of energy that is being used by an organisation, including their buildings, processes, travel and transportation, and identify opportunities for improvements and reductions in energy usage. The assessment process is overseen by an approved Lead Assessor
Once the assessment is completed, a Board Director must sign off that the company is in compliance with the ESOS requirements on the Environment Agency’s electronic register by the specified submission deadline. The first submission deadline is December 5th 2015.
Whether or not you fall under the bracket of being a ‘large’ company can be a little open to interpretation, but as a basic guide, companies with over 250 employees, or a turnover of more than €50 million or a balance sheet over €43 million fall in to this category. Most public sector organisations are excluded from the ESOS regulations, although many higher education establishments fall under its control.
What does the assessment need to cover?
The Lead Energy Assessor, who oversees your ESOS compliance activities, has the responsibility for assessing the suitability and compliance to the regulations of the information in your evidence pack including:
- The total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
- The areas of significant energy consumption, accounting for at least 90% of your total energy usage
- The details of any previous audits or activities which could be used to demonstrate partial or full compliance with the regulations
Achieving ESOS compliance is not necessarily straightforward and many companies will need to take significant steps to achieve compliance. Although the legislation itself only requires companies to register their compliance with the regulations, there remains an underlying imperative that organisations actually take steps to improve their Energy Efficiency.
EEF are running a series of one-day workshops, titled “Find your ESOS route to compliance” across the country in October and December. Our plain English workshops are designed to be interactive and answer the questions that you have about your actual organisation which you may not get the chance of asking on other briefings. Delegates will be guided through the ESOS regulations using worked examples that are based on our experience and understanding of working with UK manufacturers.