ESOS Phase 3 – The clock has started

Take action and mitigate industrial-sized penalties.  

Time is ticking on the third Phase of ESOS. Whilst legislative compliance can seem daunting, the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme is designed to do just that – identify energy savings. At a time when energy costs are at record highs and securing new business is increasingly contingent upon  carbon emissions reduction, ESOS provides the ideal catalyst for action. 

Compliance for Phase 3 of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is fast-approaching. Although the deadline is December 2023, early action will mitigate the risk of penalties. 

Our experience of UK energy and carbon legislation means we can take care of your ESOS compliance, so you don’t have to. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ESOS?

Introduced in 2014, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is mandatory UK legislation originally introduced in response to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), established to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. It now forms an integral component in the UK’s plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. 

What are my obligations?

ESOS requires qualifying businesses to report upon and audit their energy consumption every four years. UK organisations that have complied since 2015 are benefitting from the energy, carbon and cost reduction savings identified as a result. 

All qualifying UK organisations are required to measure and report their total energy consumption for a 12-month period, carry out site energy audits of building and transport portfolios to identify energy savings and carbon emissions reductions, and report compliance to the administering authority by 5th December 2023.

How do I know I qualify?

UK businesses employing 250 people or more and/or which have a turnover in excess of £44m and a balance sheet of more than £38m must comply to the scheme.

What does the process entail?

If your organisation qualifies, you will need to identify areas of significant energy consumption and carry out site-based energy audits, report your total group energy consumption and energy reduction opportunities to board level within your organisation, then register compliance with the Environment Agency. 

Qualifying businesses will also need to measure and report on energy streams including electricity, natural gas, liquid fuels, purchased heat and steam and all business-related transport energy. 

What are the risks associated with non-compliance?

Ignoring ESOS could impact your bottom line and your business’s reputation and can result in significant civil penalties.

How can World Kinect Energy Services help?

We offer a comprehensive ESOS compliance service, tailored to meet the criteria of ESOS and deliver maximum return by way of identified opportunities within your organisation. Our team of experts understand what energy and carbon legislation means to your business today, and how changes and developments will impact your business in the future. We understand the complexities and costs of navigating the energy and carbon compliance landscape. Delivering more than just advice, we understand the importance of positive climate action to both you, your customers and the wellbeing of future generations. 

7 steps to ESOS Compliance

Becoming ESOS Phase 3 compliant is simple and can be achieved in the following 7 steps:

1.    Confirm your qualification
2.    Appoint a lead assessor
3.    Calculate total UK energy consumption for your organisation
4.    Identify routes to compliance, mindful of prior ESOS phases
5.    Carry out energy audit(s)
6.    Compile evidence pack 
7.    Register compliance with Environment Agency  

“We have worked with World Kinect Energy Services since April 2013 and rely heavily on their knowledge, expertise and diligence to support us in complying with UK energy and carbon legislation. Naturally, we looked to World Kinect to undertake all the necessary actions to ensure we fully complied with both phase 1 and 2 of the ESOS scheme."

“World Kinect’s approach in identifying practical, low-cost, and demonstrable energy and carbon savings when carrying out the site-based and transport energy audits has gone over and above simply seeking to tick a legislative box. A number of long-term energy reduction processes have been embedded across the whole organisation to reduce heat loss from pipework and improve refrigeration system efficiency, resulting in significant savings across multiple sites." 

Shayne Tyler Group Compliance Director Fresca Group

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