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Consultants gear up for ESOS phase two

A number of consultancies from across the UK are preparing to support clients through phase two of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's energy saving opportunity scheme (ESOS) compliance process. Greengage Environmental, Ricardo and Inenco have all begun touting for business as the twelve month countdown to the 5th December 2019 deadline commences.

The second phase of ESOS requires eligible companies to measure their energy consumption over a twelve-month period, conduct audits to identify energy efficiency opportunities and report compliance to their national scheme administrator. It applies to firms in the UK with over 250 employees or annual turnover above €50m (£39m).

Several consultancies have come forward over the past few weeks, outlining their service offering to companies looking to achieve compliance under the scheme. Energy specialist Inenco’s offering is described as a "fully managed ESOS solution" including an established system to collect energy data, assistance in developing strategies to improve high areas of energy consumption and production of a final ESOS report and evidence pack.

Greengage Environmental and Ricardo Energy and Environment have also recently published promotional material for their ESOS services, including recommended do's and don'ts. Key areas highlighted by the consultants to help ensure compliance under phase two include: preparation of strategies and budgets to act on energy efficiency recommendations uncovered by ESOS audits; innovative approaches to get more value from the audit process from traditional, low cost methods of energy efficiency – such as upgrading boilers and switching to LED lights – through to future-proofing businesses with innovative energy solutions and power generation; and ensuring that highest consuming assets are covered in the audit and to an appropriate level of detail, and also that efficiency opportunities are suitably assessed with detail provided on their benefits.

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