By now, most of those qualifying businesses will be going through their checklists and be on course for meeting the 5 December deadline. But, for those of you who are worrying about meeting the deadline, we’ve pulled together eight tips to guide you:
The audit process typically takes around two to three months to complete so you still have time to start this – as long as you start very soon. Focus on the areas of the business where data has not been collected or audited previously as this is the most time-consuming task.
If you haven’t contacted a Lead Assessor, do so now. If you leave this too late it will have implications on your submission date.
Divide up the tasks efficiently and appropriately. For example, don’t let someone who isn’t experienced in data conduct energy profiling or benchmarking.
Become best friends with colleagues who also have commitments to your organisation’s ESOS submission and conduct regular meetings. Transparency and openness will help identify and eradicate potential problems before they get too big or complex. The camaraderie will act as a great motivator.
If you have a software solution for your energy data, check that you are making the best use of its capabilities. Revisit any online guides, training notes, or webinars to ensure that you are creating the most dynamic reports and that you know the smartest shortcuts. This could shave off lots of time over the coming months.
A few ESOS activities checked off each week will make the process easier to manage.
The deadline for ESOS may be 5 December 2019 but Phase 3 compliance starts on 6 December and your learnings from this current phase will help guide you in 2023.
What do you need to do now?
Keep calm and carry on. You still have time. But if you need help to ensure you meet the deadline, our consultants will be able to help you achieve compliance.
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