FAQ1 – What is included in an ESOS audit?
Energy supplied to and used by the organisation;
Generated energy, (not waste heat captured);
Not energy supplied to others, used outside the UK or embedded energy.
- Energy supplied to an organisation and which it uses;
- Generated energy (not waste heat captured);
- Not energy supplied to others, used outside the UK, embedded energy in raw materials or energy used by users of the organisations product
- Fuel bought for use by transport
- Journeys that start or end in in the UK
- Company car fleet but not personal mileage
- Cars used by staff driving for business
- But not fuel used for commuting, third party logistics, flights or train travel
FAQ2 – Who does the audits?
- you can undertake energy audits in-house, if you have appropriately qualified, experienced and available personnel, using a recognised energy audit methodology e.g. BS16247 or ISO 50001, or
- you can out-source this to appropriate professionals; the Lead Assessor will be able to help select, direct and manage their work to ensure it is complete and fit for purpose, or
- a combination of both.
FAQ3 – What has to be audited?
- It is necessary to identify 100% of all the energy used in a business.
- If there is a particular type of energy use that is less than 10% of the total, then this does not need to be audited.
- Even if you have carried out audits on some of the above, the Lead Assessor will still need to confirm the results meet the minimum standards required before you can notify your compliance to the Environment Agency.
FAQ4 – Is there any Added Value?
You will have to pay for this service, so isn’t it better to get more for your money than mere compliance? Going beyond the mandatory requirements can provide your company with multiple benefits including:
- Possible financial savings and increased profitability through implementing over time, an action plan to carry out energy saving measures identified as a result of the audit
- Improve your company’s reputation by:
- Knowing how to reduce your company’s environmental impact from greenhouse gas emissions
- Being legally compliant you will improve your company’s reputation through greater environmental credentials. More and more companies are expected to be able to provide evidence of their environmental awareness and good practices.
The Government estimates that a typical ESOS audit will identify potential cost savings that are more than 13.5 times greater than the cost of the audit.
FAQ5 – Do I have to implement any recommendations?
Substantial savings can only be made by properly engaging with the energy reduction process. It’s not about the fastest way to tick the boxes – it’s about thinking past the audit to where the real savings are.
Organisations that choose not to implement any energy-saving measures will find the ESOS process both expensive and time-consuming. However, businesses that approach ESOS as an opportunity should reap significant financial rewards many times the size of initial investment.
- the audits will identify cost effective improvements that are worth doing as these will save you money over time.
- recommendations may also include things that could improve working conditions and productivity.
- the Lead Assessor will prioritise all recommendations in terms of value for money/payback etc..
As a result of the audit being carried out, you will be able to identify areas where energy savings can clearly be made. Synergy is able to help you implement these measures if you wish.
FAQ6 – Does ESOS affect the public sector?
No – just private and third-sector organisations.
BUT – if you are a large Academy school or University or another partly “publicly” funded organisation, if your funding is less than 50% from public funds, you may well qualify so check carefully.
FAQ7 – What if I’m part of a UK incorporated Group?
If any part of the Group must comply with ESOS, that means the whole Group must comply, including any SMEs the Group owns.
FAQ8 – What if I’m a franchisee?
Small franchisees are not likely to be affected by the scheme. Your franchiser will not be required to consider your operations in its audit. You will only be required to participate if you are a large enterprise as defined on page 1.
FAQ9 – How will I let the Environment Agency know I comply?
Your Lead Assessor should provide to you in your ESOS Compliance Report, a summary of the information you will need to complete your notification to the Environment Agency. Notification is then done on-line at: