Last Summer, the Government announced changes to ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) in its response to the ESOS consultation which had been conducted.

These changes have yet to be implemented and as such the Environment Agency has now announced that in order to ensure there is reasonable time for participants to meet the planned new ESOS requirements and for assessments to be carried out, ESOS participants will not be required to comply until 5th June 2024 (extended from 5th December 2023). 

Whilst the compliance date has been extended, the qualification thresholds and qualification date, 31st December 2022, remain unchanged. Companies with more than 250 members of staff or with a turnover in excess of £44M and balance sheet in excess of £38M must comply with the ESOS legislation by the new deadline of 5 June 2024.

So, what’s new in Phase 3?

Everything that was there before is still there, they’ve just added to it:

  • Intensity metrics have been added to the reporting 
  • De minimis reduces to 5% from 10%
  • An action plan must be created to target the reduction of consumption
  • Annual reporting against the action plan must be integrated into your SECR reporting
  • More detail on how reductions are implemented will be mandatory within the ESOS Audits

What you need to do

If you haven’t already contacted us and you’d like to work with Purchase Direct’s Compliance Team on ESOS Phase 3, then drop an email to your Account Manager or your SECR contact to let us know and we’ll pull a quotation together for you to agree.

If you already have an ESOS Service agreement in place with Purchase Direct you do not need to do anything, we will continue to monitor announcements and changes in relation to your ESOS compliance.