ESOS and SECR keeping up to date during COVID-19
By Barry Collins on April 21, 2020 in Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Health & Safety
Though it is an incredibly difficult time for people, the economy and the day to day running of a business, there is still a requirement to keep your mandatory reporting up to date. The Government is taking a pragmatic approach an example being the following recently released guidance for ESOS submissions.
ESOS Guidance for Lead Assessors re Covid19 site visit restrictions
We have received several queries from Lead Assessors regarding the completion of site energy audits due to movement restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Environment Agency for England, NRW for Wales and NIEA for Northern Ireland have agreed the following guidance:
Where site visits are not currently possible you can continue to complete the ESOS assessment without a site visit, where sufficient energy use data and other information for the selected site(s) is available. In these instances please keep the information and decision documents in your evidence pack. A recommendation could be that further investigation is necessary for a given site to identify energy savings and these will need to be re-scheduled for completion at an appropriate date.
For organisations who are still required to complete their Phase 2 ESOS commitments, they should carry on with this as best they can. If they are unable to complete their ESOS commitments due to Covid 19 restrictions, then please let the appropriate regulator know as soon as possible.
Any organisation that has received an ESOS Enforcement Notice will still be expected to comply with the Enforcement Notice, or inform the appropriate Regulator why they will be unable to comply. For any company still requiring support to submit the ESOS Phase 2 submissions following an enforcement notice, please don’t hesitate to contact us, we can take the burden off your shoulders quickly and efficiently.