Cloudfm, the country’s fastest-growing facilities management provider, has announced that their Energy Manager, Brendon Airey, is now an accredited lead assessor for the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). ESOS is designed to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by requiring large businesses to identify energy reduction measures. The Government has estimated that the scheme could generate annual savings of £1.6 billion.
ESOS applies to businesses with either 250 employees, or an annual turnover of £35.2 million and a balance sheet exceeding £30.3 million. Businesses that fail to complete the audit and don’t inform the Government of their intention to do so could be fined up to £90,000.
In the lead up to the 29 January deadline, the scheme has faced criticism due to the lack of lead assessors available to carry out the appropriate checks. According to the ESOS lead assessor register, there are currently only 112 accredited lead assessors available; roughly one for every 90 of the 10,000 eligible companies. Another issue is that many of the assessors are only able to appraise one area, a problem for companies that cross many disciplines. Thanks to Cloudfm’s growing number of specialist departments including electrical, refrigeration, HVAC, lighting, doors and roller shutters, Brendon will be able to call upon these experts to offer a comprehensive service.
While the EA has admitted the scheme is working to “tight timescales”, there is still time for companies to submit their audit before the 29 January deadline. A spokesperson for the EA has stated: “We are listening to the concerns of businesses and are aware that in some instances firms may struggle to meet this deadline and, as regulators, we are able to waive or modify enforcement action and penalties.”
Businesses that expect to miss the deadline must complete an online form that will be available on the EA’s website. The spokesperson said it would look more favourably on firms that have taken “serious and timely” steps towards compliance by 29 January. This could include evidence of booking an ESOS lead assessor, starting to collect or analyse data for ESOS or starting to conduct site visits for an assessment.
Brendon Airey, Energy Manager says: “Much has been made about the lack of lead assessors that can cover more than one area. Hopefully now there will be many more that can help to ensure businesses avoid fines and comply with the scheme.”
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