ESOS Update - Does ISO 14001 serve as compliance?

ESOS Update - Does ISO 14001 serve as compliance?

ESOS - the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

In June 2014, The Environmental Agency (EA) updated the online guidance to compliance with the new piece of environmental legislation known as ESOS

There is some confusion caused by inconsistencies in the various pieces of information produced by DECC and the EA as to whether certification to ISO 14001 will serve as compliance with ESOS

Green Element contacted the EA ESOS Help Desk to clarify the situation with ISO 14001, and received this information:

ISO 14001 is not listed in the regulations and as such if the organisation is ISO 14001 certified, officially this means nothing in ESOS in terms of automatic compliance.

However, clearly, if the organisation is doing energy auditing work already then as long as the work it is doing complies with the principles of an ESOS compliant audit as detailed in Articles 26 and 27 of the ESOS regulation, then this will be fine and the organisation will just keep these records in its evidence pack. In the notification of compliance the organisation will specify that it has complied via ESOS-compliant energy audits.

What this means to ISO 14001 certified organisations is that in order to achieve ESOS compliance the following four requirements must be adhered to:

What this means for ISO 14001 certified organisations is that compliance with ESOS will not be automatic, but that an evidence pack and possibly an additional audit will be what is required for full compliance to be achieved.

Whether or not a separate audit is necessary will depend upon which registration bodies are included in the approved list of registers which the EA have yet to publish – we fully expect that the auditors already employed to conduct ISO 14001 and 500001 audits will be regarded as ESOS-compliant auditors, but we suggest organisations unsure of their legal position get in touch with Green Element with any queries, and sign up to our newsletter and check our blog pages for updates as more information becomes available.

Alternative routes to compliance with ESOS are:

For Green Element Clients

A straightforward alternative - is to obtain ISO 50001 certification, which makes an organisation automatically compliant with ESOS.

A summary of the ESOS programme is given below:

all enterprises with at least 250 employees OR


an annual turnover of at least €50 million (£42 million) or an annual balance sheet total of at least €43 million (£35 million).

maintain an evidence pack for inspection

notify the Environment Agency of their compliance via an appointed ‘responsible officer’,

ensure that their ISO 14001 audit includes an energy audit conducted by an assessor as defined by PAS 51215

Topic: Energy

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