ESOS Phase 2: Summary of Updates

The Environment Agency has recently published several updates in their ESOS newsletter for Phase 2 preparation.  Our Operations Director, Phil Bilyard provides a summary below:

 Bullet points for ESOS Phase 2: Issue 1, August 2018

Phase 2 Qualification and Compliance

The Environment Agency emphasises that phase 2 participants can commence their ESOS audit work now. From ETS’ perspective, we would encourage participants to act upon this recommendation to avoid a ‘last minute dash’ towards the compliance date where ESOS Lead Assessor availability might be restrictive as the date nears.

Simplified Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)

On the 18th July, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a response to consultation, which closed on the 4th January 2018. SECR will deliver simpler reporting requirements than its predecessor (the CRC energy efficiency scheme). SECR will be introduced from April 2019 to coincide with the end of CRC. SECR and ESOS are separate legislative requirements although some data and calculations used in one can support the requirements under the other bringing efficiencies between the two. Click here for more information.

Bullet points for ESOS Phase 2: Issue 2, October 2018

Phase 1 Civil Penalties

Under the ESOS Phase 1, the fines that have been served to organisations for not complying with requirements have been published. Fines range from £1,560 to £45,000.


Current compliance listings under ESOS as of the 31st May 2018 have been published with 7,113 organisations or entities listed as compliant under ESOS.

Energy Audits and Reporting Including ESOS

The department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned external research on the effectiveness of energy audits. A telephone survey will be conducted for a small number of organisations from October to December 2018 to determine effectiveness.

Phase 2 Qualification and Compliance

The next registration of compliance date is the 5th December 2019. Energy audits can commence henceforth and at least one years’ worth of data can be used for energy measurement with the data coming from 6th December 2014 to 5th December 2019. Definitive qualification, total energy consumption and areas of significant energy use cannot be made until after the 31st December 2018.

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