Fleet managers must plan for coming ESOS deadline, warns Cenex

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Independent not-for-profit low-emission vehicle research and consultancy Cenex has warned that all businesses will need to act now to ensure that they include the energy used by all vehicles in their fleet within their overall compliance calculations, as the deadline for Phase 2 of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) approaches.

To help, Cenex is running a webinar on July 4, 2019, at 11am, explaining ESOS, how fleets can meet its requirements and the benefits it brings.

The EU-wide ESOS legislation mandates that every organization with over 250 staff or a turnover above €50m (US$57m) needs to assess its overall energy use and create a plan for improvement in areas of significant consumption. ESOS affects an estimated 10,000 businesses in the UK, who must report compliance to the Environmental Agency by December 5, 2019. Non-compliance risks a fine of up to £50,000 (US$63,500).

As part of ESOS, organizations must cover energy use related to fuel supplied to the company and its employees for business use, provided this is 10% or more of overall energy use. This means auditing the energy consumption associated with owned/leased HGVs, vans and cars, along with gray-fleet vehicles.

Cenex offers multiple options for assessing transport energy use and achieving compliance, which will be discussed in the webinar. For the first ESOS deadline in 2015, it delivered audits to numerous clients from a wide range of sectors including logistics/haulage companies, chilled/frozen food delivery, online retailers and the construction industry.

Robert Evans, CEO, Cenex, said, “Assessing energy use from your fleet for ESOS compliance can seem daunting, but potentially delivers significant benefits in terms of reduced fuel consumption, greater efficiency and lower costs. Fleet managers need to start planning now to ensure compliance across their operations. Our webinar aims to provide the guidance they need to be ready for the deadline.”

Previous energy saving measures identified by Cenex in ESOS fleet audits include changing company car selection processes, better gray-fleet management, adopting lightweight van bodies and switching to alternative fuels.

Cenex’s ESOS webinar will take place on July 4, 2019, from 11:00am-11:45am BST. To find out more details and to book your place click here.

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