ESOS: The importance of data collection and reporting

If you qualify for the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) then you may already be aware of the importance of good quality data. To comply with ESOS regulations, organisations must have collated their consumption data for 12 consecutive months and this must include consumption data that crosses the qualification date within the relevant phase of the scheme. For Phase Two of ESOS this falls on 31st December 2018. 

Organisations that qualify for participation in the energy auditing scheme must reference 100% of their energy consumption within the 12 month period, which will include data from buildings, transport and industrial processes. As phase one participants have realised, your organisation’s chosen ESOS Lead Assessor will need this consumption data to complete the ESOS assessment and submission to the appropriate regulator.

Why consider data now?

You might think that the compliance deadline of 5th December 2019 is still far off… so why should you be thinking about your consumption data now?

Inprova Energy saw a mad rush towards the end of phase one as organisations tried to complete their ESOS assessments by the compliance deadline.

Rob Leak, Lead Assessor at Inprova Energy states “If businesses don’t have the correct measures in place to accurately record and manage their consumption data, it could cause issues when completing an ESOS assessment, as we need access to this data to conduct our audits.”

You can start collecting data from 1st January 2018, which means your business should start putting the appropriate measures in place to ensure verifiable data is managed and collated well.

Our top tips on data collation

Data can often be overlooked so we’ve put together our top tips for ensuring your data is ready for the second phase of ESOS…

  1. Ensure your data is verified
    Your data must come from an original source such as: meter readings, delivery notes, mileage logs or supplier invoices. Estimates are also permitted but these too must be based upon verifiable data.
  2. Don’t forget transport!
    Often transport is one of the most difficult data recording areas… but don’t forget it.
  3. Maintain regular readings
    Ensure you are getting your consumption readings regularly. Watch out for fuel oil deliveries and tank volumes in particular.
  4. Manage your invoices
    Supplier invoices should be checked and collated alongside your other consumption data.

If you’re looking for an ESOS Lead Assessor, contact us today to find out how we can help you develop a strategy for compliance.