The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This scheme is a mandatory energy assessment and energy savings identification scheme for ‘Large Enterprises’ that was undertaken in December 2015. ESOS has now entered Phase 2 and qualifying companies have until December 5th 2019 to comply.
This scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6 billion net benefits to the UK, with the majority if these being felt directly by businesses as a result of energy savings. ESOS energy audits have the potential to increase business profitability and competitiveness by implementing energy efficiency measures identified through audits. These can have wider benefits such as reducing other costs (e.g. maintenance costs) and also increasing employee engagement within your organisation.
EU member states must introduce independent and cost-effective energy audits for all large enterprises.
Large enterprises are defined as:
Please note that the public sector is not required to participate
In simple terms, an ESOS Assessment requires you to do three things:
Organisations may not need to undertake an ESOS Assessment if they’re fully covered by ISO 50001.
The deadline for the first compliance period is 5 December 2015, by which time qualifying businesses will have to achieve compliance with the regulations and notify the Environment Agency.
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) carries with its reporting mandate some hefty penalties for non-compliance, so don’t delay in commencing your ESOS compliance activity.
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