Energy compliance deadline looms for care businesses
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NatWest Bank has warned that ESOS, a mandatory energy assessment scheme, will affect any care homes and home care operators if they meet the ESOS definition of a large undertaking. A large undertaking is any UK company that either employs 250 or more people, or has an annual turnover in excess of €50m euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m (£33,486,489).
Neil Garton, head of healthcare at NatWest, said: “Many care home businesses and home care operators may not have thought they qualified for the scheme, but they must include staff employed on a fixed term, part time or zero hours contract.”
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every four years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
“We have spoken to customers who didn’t realise they would be required to take part in ESOS. Anyone who is not compliant by the deadline could be facing large fines so I’d urge anyone to make sure,” said Mr Garton.
Care homes and homecare operators that qualify for ESOS need to submit their notification of compliance by 5 December 2015. Even if care homes and home care operators qualify but are not going to meet the ESOS compliance deadline they must notify the Environment Agency by this deadline.
- More details on the ESOS scheme, your obligations and how to comply are set out in the full ESOS guidance. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want an ESOS adviser to call you back please provide your phone number and details about your query.