ESOS will operate on a four year cycle.
The assessment period of energy use needs to include 31 December 2014, hence it needs to begin on or after 1 January 2014 and end before 05 December 2015, by which time a qualifying organisation will need to submit a formal notification to the Environment Agency that it meets the ESOS requirements.
(Organisations in the UK must assess whether or not they are required to participate in ESOS on the qualification date of each phase. The qualification date for the first phase is the 31st December 2014. In short, if you meet the above criteria on or by this date you will need to comply with the scheme.)
It is important to note that even if your organisation does not meet the thresholds stated above you also need to make sure that it has not met the threshold for the two prior consecutive accounting periods between 2011 and the qualification date of 31st Dec 2014. See Section 3.2 of the government guidelines for more information on “change of status” (two year rule).
The deadline to note is 5th December 2015. This is the date by which qualifying organisations must have carried out their ESOS assessments and advised the Environment Agency who is administering the scheme.
Compliance will be reported via an online notification system.
If your organisation needs to comply with the ESOS key dates then get in touch with Ivy Link Partnership to discuss our range of ESOS services.