Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

The energy Savings opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s proposed implementation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The key points are:
  • The scheme applies to all ‘large enterprises’ this has been interpreted to mean any business employing more than 250 people or with a turnover of greater than €50M per year.
  • The scheme requires that regular energy audits are conducted. The first must be completed by December 5th 2015 and then at least every 4 years after that.
  • The scheme should promote the adoption of energy efficiency solutions within the businesses audited.
  • The scheme should fit within and be complimentary to the existing energy efficiency and climate change legislation and initiatives.
  • The scheme should not be ‘gold plated’ i.e. not put UK businesses at a competitive disadvantage by being overly onerous.
All of this is subject to a consultation that finished on the 3rd of October 2013. Based on previous DECC consultations it scheme is unlikely to change much from what is being proposed.

If you want to find out more about how ESOS will affect your organisation and how we can help you please contact us.