Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)
What is ESOS?
The UK Government established ESOS to transpose Article 8 (4 to 6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). The ESOS Regulations 2014 give effect to the scheme in the UK.
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.
Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years to ensure compliance. There are several ways to comply with ESOS which include the 4 assessments below:
- ESOS Energy Audits
- ISO 50001 Certification
- Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
- Green Deal Assessments (GDAs)
These assessments are audits of the energy used by an organisations buildings, processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by the compliance date that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. The deadline for the first compliance period has now passed with the date for the second period being the 5th of December 2019. Penalties for companies which do not comply by the compliance date can be as high as £90,000.00.
The Green Energy Advice Bureau offer full ESOS compliance and implementation services via an ESOS Energy Audits and Display Energy Certificates. The costs of ESOS energy audits vary significantly depending on size and distribution of the organisation, however, they are typically the quickest and easiest way to comply. UK businesses qualify for the scheme if they meet the following criteria:
- Over 250 employees*
and, or –
- Annual turnover exceeding £38.9 million & balance sheet exceeding £33.4 million.*
*(for two consecutive accounting periods)
If your organisation meets the above criteria please contact us to identify how you can prepare for ESOS compliance early and take steps towards improving your energy performance and increasing the profitability of your organisation.