that they are ESOS compliant well before the December 2019 deadline, with a view to avoiding a potential shortage of accredited professionals the sector experienced in the run up to the close of Phase 1. Phase 2 will also affect those that

previously completed compliance as part of Phase 1, so I would urge all organisations within facilities management, even those that complied four years ago, to assess the extent of their operations in the UK from top level down. If you employ 250 staff or more or have

a turnover in excess of €50m and a balance sheet in excess of €43m, participation is mandatory. Eligible organisations need to calculate

their total energy consumption for a 12-month period, including not only all energy sources used within premises, but transportation too. 90% of the total energy consumption

then needs to be subject to a representative energy audit – a time consuming process, underlining the need for early action. The sum of the total energy consumption

and the results of the energy audits then need to be presented at board level within the organisation and compliance then needs to be lodged with the Environment Agency by 5th December 2019. Energy cost reductions go straight to

the bottom line, whilst the associated reduction in CO2 emissions brings with it significant reputational benefit. And, given that forecasts for both non-

commodity and commodity costs show continued increases, the most efficient way to make savings is to reduce consumption and mitigate exposure. ESOS provides the ideal opportunity

to identify ways to become more energy efficient and ultimately reduce costs. And consequently, adopting a lowest-

cost-possible, tick-box approach to compliance with ESOS Phase 2 does not represent value in the longer term. Businesses taking shortcuts in their

approach to complying with the new framework could lead to them missing out on cost-saving benefits, or even facing a financial penalty. Adopting a diligent approach to ESOS

compliance and to the new SECR legislation may outwardly be viewed as costly and time-consuming, but it can actually deliver real value to business. By introducing processes within your business, these new legislations should just become a regular part of your energy assessment.

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