Important news update on ESOS Phase 3

Last updated: 22nd April 2022

An announcement on ESOS reforms for Phase 3 was expected to have been published by now, but we have learned that the results of the consultation and the requirements of compliance are not likely to be published until July 2022 at the earliest. Despite the delays, the deadlines for compliance have not changed and so JRP have compiled some information about what we do know, what we anticipate will be included, and what you can be doing now to prepare. Read on for more information.

We anticipate that private organisations with over 250 employees and/or €50m are still likely to be required to undergo compulsory energy audits by qualified auditors. We also anticipate that there may be exclusions depending on level of energy usage and that there may be more onus on organisations to deliver energy saving opportunities identified and to incorporate these into a Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions plan. It will be even more important to choose a well-qualified, experienced ESOS auditor.

We believe that certification to the energy management standard ISO 50001 will still have automatic compliance with ESOS and this approach has so many other benefits too. Give us a call on 0800 6127567 or email [email protected] to find out how we can help you achieve certification.

Despite the delay in details of Phase 3, the deadlines for audit completion will not change:

  • Phase 3 audits will be required to be completed and reports submitted to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2023.
  • Organisations will be required to comply based on their situation (number of employees/turnover) on 31st December 2022.
  • Twelve months’ energy data used in the ESOS audit must begin no earlier than 12 months before start of the compliance period, ie no earlier than 1st January 2022

What can you do to prepare? The biggest challenge to completing ESOS audits on time is collation of data. There is now time before the next compliance date to ensure that systems are put into place to collect and organise data in a consistent and appropriate manner. Having collated the data, there is a lot it can tell you about your energy use and where savings can be made.  Call us now on 0800 6127567 or email [email protected] to get a head start on compliance.

There is more information about ESOS on our website here.

ESOS audits and other energy audits that we have undertaken in the last two phases have shown that most organisations have considerable opportunities to save energy, costs and emissions.

Here are just a few examples:

BMI HealthcareEuropcarpetrochemicals companyAmticoCooper Tire

A staggering 32% of Phase 2 ESOS assessments were not fully compliant. If you appoint us to carry out your Phase 3 audit, we will guarantee legal compliance.


If you would like any more information on any of the above, call us on 0800 6127567 or email [email protected].

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