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ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) lack of Lead Assessors – don’t worry says ACI Reports, we have it sorted
Oct 28, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

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 December 2015.

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.

The Environment Agency admitted the scheme is working on “tight timescales”.

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 market.”

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.

A 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.”

Any eligible 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.

Further reading;

How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor. Update September 23rd. Read more>

ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update June 20th. Read more>

ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, ACI Reports advises Clients. Read more>


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