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The Early Bird Gets the ESOS Lead Assessor

This article examines why it’s important to secure the services of an ESOS Lead Assessor early on in the compliance period. Encope’s experience of ESOS Phase 1 and Evaluation by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has highlighted some key reasons. These are detailed below.


Ensuring you get the right Expertise.

feedback from Phase 1 shows mixed reviews for ESOS. It was seen as a bureaucratic exercise and so little time was afforded to achieve compliance; consequently, there was a rush near the deadline to comply with minimal cost. At the time of writing, the deadline for Phase 2 is 20 months away (5thDecember 2019), which leaves ample time for participants to ensure compliance and ensure that their assessments are of high quality and add value to the organisation.

Not all ESOS Lead Assessors are created equal. Different assessors will have different expertise, experience and knowledge. The Output from an ESOS audit will be much more meaningful and valuable, if it is delivered by someone who has expertise within the sector the organisation operates in. At Encope we have experience and knowledge of the following sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Printing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Commercial buildings (multi and single occupant office blocks)
  • Warehousing
  • Retail
  • Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA)
  • Leisure and Hospitality (Hotels, football stadiums etc.)


Bottleneck in resources

During Phase 1 of ESOS, there were over 900 registered ESOS lead Assessors, this equated to 7.3 qualifying undertaking per ESOS Lead Assessor. Therefore, each ESOS lead Assessor will be working with multiple clients to achieve compliance. According to a BEIS case study “A chemical engineering company commissioned their lead assessor in January 2015, but did not undergo their first site visit until September 2015. For this company, this timetable was driven by the lead assessor to fit around other demands. The delay in the site visits led to pressure on delivering the final report in advance of the deadline.”

In addition to the above, it was experienced that ESOS Lead Assessors would no longer guarantee compliance by the Phase 1 compliance date, in the last quarter leading up to the deadline. The shortage in ESOS lead Assessors also drove up the cost for organisations who left compliance to the last quarter of Phase 1.   Therefore, it is recommended that you not only secure a suitable ESOS lead assessor early but also schedule your audits in as early as possible to avoid the bottlenecking issues and achieve compliance in a cost-effective manner.


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