A number of companies
will already have their energy use audited under schemes
such as ISO50001, which is likely to bring this ratio down.
However some industry figures are sceptical all firms
will get ESOS compliant in time for the deadline, 31
On Friday, Chief Commercial Officer at
energy consultancy Inenco, Dave Cockshott warned of “a
significant risk that demand for assessors with expert
sector knowledge could outstrip the numbers currently
available”. ACI Reports think this is incorrect, the lead
Assessor role is being overstated, it’s the building survey
issue that will cause delays due to inaction.
Environment Agency admitted the scheme is working on “tight
It said the number of auditors will
“increase rapidly” as registers make sure “existing and new
members have the opportunity to be progressed as soon as
possible”. These registers were announced this week.
There is a pool of more than 2,000 people who are existing
members of the organisations who could be Lead Assessors,
added the Environment Agency: “This will also go a long way
towards providing a good supply of lead assessors to the
Despite the low numbers, it said “[we] do
not feel there will be a need to incentivise people to
become lead assessors”.
The Department of Energy and
Climate Change (DECC) said it is also confident there will
be enough auditors, and ACI Reports concur.
spokesperson said: “We are working towards 1,500 trained
ESOS assessors and the Environment Agency have indicated
that interest is already high.
“We expect ESOS to
lead to £1.6bn of benefits to the UK and energy savings
worth £250m per year for participants.”
firms without an ESOS approved audit after this date face
penalties mounting to £90,000 – a basic fine of up to
£50,000.00 fine plus £500.00 per day for each day of
non-compliance up to £40,000.00.
Asked if it would be unfair for a firm to be fined if it
struggled to find an auditor, the Environment Agency stated;
“Companies can carry out much of the work themselves” and
lead assessors “as a minimum need to sign off the work
undertaken by others so there is nothing to stop
participants starting to comply with ESOS in the absence of
an approved lead assessor.” ACI Reports are already working
on the buildings strand of ESOS and envisage the Lead
Assessor merely being the final cog in the wheel, the person
to sign off work prepared largely by others.
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