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