Staying compliant with the updated ESOS Phase 3 requirements

Staying up to date with the latest ESOS updates means reduced energy consumption and costs, improved environmental performance and meeting legal requirements. “That’s why we’re here to keep you informed and help you stay compliant with ESOS Phase 3“, writes SOCOTEC UK, a provider of testing, inspection, and certification services.

The Environment Agency has recently released information with additional details they need for your business to stay compliant. Because of the changes introduced, businesses are now required to include more information in ESOS Phase 3 reports, along with maintaining an action plan including considerations on how improvements can be implemented.

Here’s what you need to know about the recent updates.

What information is now required in ESOS Phase 3 reports?
In your current ESOS Phase 3 reports, you are now required to:

  • Include an annual reduction in energy consumption breakdown. This involves categorise reductions in energy consumption annually, covering areas such as energy management practices, behavioural changes, training, and control improvements.
  • Include a breakdown of Significant Energy Consumption (SEC). Provide a detailed breakdown of SEC by buildings, transport, and industrial processes for previous phases.
  • Provide an explanation of Total Energy Consumption (TEC) changes. Clarify reasons for changes in TEC figures from Phase 2 to Phase 3.
  • Include a suggested energy savings measures program. Propose a program for implementing energy savings measures, outlining timescales.

The Environment Agency will also be publishing information contained in your ESOS reports.

What should be included in the new action plan?
After the compliance notification submission, you must prepare an action plan that includes the following:

  • Energy Consumption Reduction Strategy – Specify actions intended to reduce energy consumption.
  • Timeline for Implementation – Clearly define when each action will be implemented.
    ESOS Assessment Recommendations – Indicate whether the actions were recommended through the ESOS assessment.
  • Expected Energy Savings – Outline anticipated energy savings over the four-year period covered by the action plan.
  • Methodology for Estimating Savings – Explain the methodology used to estimate energy savings.

The action plan requires endorsement by a board-level director (or equivalent) and must be submitted through the compliance notification system by the 5 December 2024.

What next?
We will be in touch with all our ESOS clients soon to provide detailed guidance on the additional information required. Our aim is to ensure you are fully compliant, meeting the 5 June 2024 deadline.

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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help you build a safer and more sustainable tomorrow.