The energy savings opportunities scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for UK enterprises. The scheme seeks to measure a businesses total energy consumption and carries out energy efficiency audits in order to identify cost-effective energy-saving opportunities. By focusing on saving energy and implementing sustainable and renewable energy solutions, businesses can become more eco-friendly, saving them a significant amount of money, while being compliant with this EU directive..
ESOS energy audits have the potential to increase business profitability and competitiveness and help to identify energy efficiency measures. Estimated to lead to 1.6 billion net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these savings felt directly by businesses as a result of energy savings.
Key benefits of ESOS:
ESOS is applicable to large enterprises in the UK, which are defined as:
It’s important to note that the public sector is not required to participate in the ESOS scheme.
It takes a four year period to become ESOS compliant as a business in the UK, and it is your responsibility as a business to assess your company and decide whether you will be required to participate in the ESOS scheme. You must do this according to the following phase and date deadlines.
Phase 2 Deadline: 5 December 2019
Phase 3 Deadline: 5 December 2023
Phase 4 Deadline: 5 December 2027
There are financial penalties for any organisation or business in the UK, that has not submitted their evidence pack to the environment agency by the above deadlines.
An ESOS Assessment requires you to action the following:
If an organisation qualifies for the ESOS, it needs to undertake an assessment, which will help work out what it needs to do to comply.
Finally, the company must inform the Environment Agency that compliance has been achieved.
Here are a few examples of how you can become more energy efficient as a business and comply with the ESOS scheme, in relation to your business premises.
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