Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

Up to 15,000 organisations in the UK will be required to make changes to due to ESOS

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet certain qualification criteria. The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has developed this UK scheme for administration by the Environment Agency.

“Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.

“Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. You do not need to register as the Environment Agency do not expect to hear from organisations until 2015 when they are fully compliant.”

“ESOS applies to large UK undertakings and their corporate groups. It mainly affects businesses but can also apply to not-for-profit bodies and any other non-public sector undertakings that are large enough to meet the qualification criteria.”

“Your environmental regulator is responsible for compliance and enforcement activities. Your registered office or principal place of activity (in the absence of a registered office) determines your regulator:

  • England – Environment Agency
  • Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Scotland – Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Wales – Natural Resources Wales
  • Offshore – DECC Offshore Oil & Gas Environment and Decommissioning

“The regulator may issue civil sanctions including financial penalties if an organisation does not meet the scheme’s obligations.”

The above extracts are quoted directly from the GOV.UK website, and reference the government established ESOS to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU); the ESOS Regulations 2014 give effect to the scheme. Organisations must have the necessary policies and procedures in place by 5th December 2015.

To celebrate this new scheme, the Department of Energy and Climate Change have published a 92 page guide. To save you looking, DEP has been busy creating technology driven solutions that ensure compliance to ESOS and reduced costs. For additional information on ESOS, please visit: www.gov.uk/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos