The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory compliance scheme in the UK, derived from Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.
ESOS aims to reduce EU energy consumption by 20% by 2020. ESOS occurs in four-yearly phases and introduces regular energy audits that highlight energy savings for large businesses.
These audits must cover 90% of your organisational energy and require sign-off from a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor.
Public bodies are not affected. Large organisations that must comply are classified as those with:
Regulating bodies – such as the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales – have the authority to apply civil penalties against those mandated companies not participating in ESOS or found to be non-compliant with its requirements. Fines are administered on a case-by-case basis but can be:
You’re at a greater risk of fines if you ignore an Enforcement Notice. The Phase 1 compliance deadline was in 2015 – the EA are still issuing Enforcement Notices to bring companies into compliance. As of December 2017, 240 businesses have been brought into Phase 1 compliance via this method.
We can proudly say we helped over 300 ESOS Phase 1 clients avoid combined penalties of over £48,000,000*.
ESOS is a real chance to improve the efficiency of your business and make significant cost savings. With the right partner, initial compliance activities can be effectively the very first investment on the path to energy savings and cost reduction by implementing the energy efficiency measures identified.
On average we found savings of three times the cost of compliance for our Phase 1 clients, with an average of 18% kWh savings per organisation. In total, we identified more than 2.8 million tonnes worth of CO2 savings!
If your business still needs to make a start with ESOS compliance, we’re here to help. Our dedicated team of ESOS Lead Assessors and highly trained Energy Auditors will work hard to help you comply as soon as possible, and support you in any conversations with the EA.
Our experienced team thoroughly understand the requirements of the legislation.
We have qualified in-house ESOS Lead Assessors, who are members of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Register of Professional Energy Consultants (RPEC) and the Energy Institute (EI).
We can help you implement any recommended opportunities from your ESOS compliance, so you can benefit from identified energy savings.