The Environment Agency has published the data of the organizations that have currently complied with ESOS.

The format of this publication is a little surprising. It is not a simple web site listing but a large spreadsheet that is ‘hidden’ away. If you want to see it the link is:

https://data.gov.uk/dataset/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme

That gets you to the page you then need to click on Resource Locator Link which then takes you to a DEFRA file sharing site form where you download a zip package of an Excel spreadsheet.

I know some clients are surprised at the level of information that has been disclosed – more than I think we expected. I don’t think any of it should be a concern, but it would have been good to have known what was going to be published and how, before it was.

Looking at the data we can see it has 5,939 rows – each a reporting organization. Of these 5,383 have confirmed they are compliant whilst 556 organizations have not. If the magic 10,000 is still the target, then there are still around 4,000 organizations missing!

Some 92 organizations have used ISO 50001 for all or part of their compliance, with only 24 having it cover 100% of their energy use. With the deferring of enforcement action to June 2016 for those working towards ISO 50001 I wonder if this had been set at the outset if more would have gone that route had they known in early 2015?

It is clear that data checking/verification or cleaning has not been undertaken before publishing the data – it looks as if the data is taken straight from the compliance template. This means that analysis of some aspects is not simple. For example, the professional body that the Lead Assessor is registered with. There are several different versions of CIBSE, Energy Institute, RPEC etc.

But here is something real interesting – well I think so.

Question 18a is If “more than one” answered to Q18, how many organisations does the notification cover (including the legal entity making the notification)?

There are 2,908 organizations that are reporting for more than one entity.

Well, I added up the numbers in this column it is – 36,934!

How many of these are dormant, how many are zero energy users, how are large undertakings? Simple answer is we do not know.

In energy management we have the cycle of data to information to knowledge to action. What we have been presented with here is raw data.

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