What is the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s scheme to comply with the requirements of Article 8 EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The Directive requires all EU member states to introduce a programme of regular Energy Audits for all UK ‘undertakings’. An undertaking is any organisation that is either a:
- Limited Company.
- Public Company.
- Unincorporated Association.
- Non-for-Profit Body.
What is an ESOS Assessment
An energy audit of at least 90% of the total energy used by a UK undertaking and has three simple aims to:
- Measures the total energy consumption.
- Conduct energy audits to identify cost effective energy efficiency recommendations.
- Report compliance to the Environmental Agency.
Areas of significant energy consumption will be measured across a 12 month reference period. These areas of significant energy consumption are; Buildings, Transport and Industrial Processes.
Who requires an ESOS Assesment
As defined in Article 8 EU Energy Efficiency Directive an ESOS assessment is mandatory for all undertakings on the qualification date (31st December 2014) for:
- Those that have 250 or more employees in the UK.
- Those that have fewer than 250 employees, but has:
- An annual turnover of €50M, or
- A balance sheet exceeding €43M.
Parts of a corporate group which includes an undertaking that meets any of the criteria above.
How Low Carbon Europe can help
An ESOS Assessment will be undertaken by one of our lead auditors, whose technical knowledge and professional skills meet the standards of PAS51215. Our ESOS assessors are professionally registered with the Energy Institute and/or CIBSE.
What does the ESOS participant need to do?
- Assume overall responsibility for compliance with ESOS.
- Appoint a Lead Assessor.
- Highlight any audit work already undertaken.
- Make available data for the audit.
- Obtain senior management sign off of audit findings and recommendations.
- Notify the Environmental Agency of compliance by the compliance date.
Benefits of an ESOS Assessment
- Comply with Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive thus avoiding fines up to £50,000.
Gain an understanding of your organisation’s energy consumption and areas of potential wastage.
Benchmark your consumption against comparable organisations; where do you stand?
- Create a plan for improving energy efficiency and reducing overheads.
- With Low Carbon Europe’s experience this service is often found to be cost-negative, in that the energy/carbon savings achieved exceed the cost of the service. Energy cost savings in excess of 10% of the organisations total energy spend are likely to be realised during this process.
If you would like to read more about ESOS, you can visit the gov.uk website for more detailed guidance.