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Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

What is ESOS?

ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is an energy assessment scheme introduced by the Government to comply with European Regulations, specifically to implement article 8 (406) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU).

Who is Targeted?

The scheme is mandatory for all organisations in the UK who meet the following criteria:

  • 1. Organisations that employ more than 250 people.

  • OR

  • 2. Organisations that employ less than 250 people but have an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet in excess of €43m.

Corporate groups qualify if at least one UK group member meets the definition of a “large undertaking” as described above.

Unlike some other schemes, organisations with emissions already subject to EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), Climate Change Agreements (CCL) or Carbon Reduction Commitment (CCA) are not excluded ./ excused from ESOS reporting / compliance obligations.

What is involved?

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out the ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost effective energy saving measures.

Step 1

Firstly an organisation is expected to determine qualification for ESOS and in the event that the qualifying criteria are met, then they must declare compliance to the Environment Agency no later than 5th December 2015.

Step 2

The participating organisation is initially required to calculate its total energy consumption including electricity, gas, heating oil and transport fuels (diesel and petrol).

Step 3

The organisation must complete ‘ESOS Compliant’ energy audits at relevant premises to cover at least 90% of the organisation’s energy consumption. These audits should identify energy saving opportunities which the customer can then consider for implementation.

Any efficiency recommendations that are made should include the estimated costs and benefits of implementation. The cost of implementing each measure should be based on an analysis of whether the investment will be economical over its entire life, taking into account the cost of purchase, installation, maintenance and depreciation.

There is no mandatory requirement for organisations to implement the energy savings opportunities identified in the audits.

Organisations with identical or very similar multiple sites can take a proportionate approach, applying energy saving opportunities identified at sites selected for audit to the wider company portfolio.

Step 4

The organisation must compile and then maintain an evidence pack detailing all required energy consumption going forward.

Steps 2 & 3 shown above will need to be completed by 5th December 2015 (the end of Phase 1) with results being posted on an online notification system.

Participating organisations must appoint an ESOS accredited “Lead Assessor” to carry out, oversee and review energy audits.

Our Services - How can we help?

Our services can encompass some or all of the following:-

  • Professional Updating - as a relatively new legislation, Informed will share general updates and the insight it gains from being an early adopter / service provider to many other “large undertakings”.
  • Compile Electricity / Gas Data – invariably the majority, if not all, this data will already be held by Informed thereby creating a solid platform upon which to build the remaining data requirements.
  • Complete “ESOS Complaint” Energy Surveys – recognising the opportunity to adopt a sampling approach where possible / relevant in order to minimise the support costs whilst seeking to maximise the available opportunities.
  • Complete “ESOS Complaint” Energy Report – detailing relevant energy efficiency opportunities, detailed evaluation of implementation cost and the associated payback / viability.
  • Transport Energy Analysis – with a report / recommendations on existing policies and improvement areas.
  • Lead Assessor Evaluation – to ensure full compliance is achieved.
  • Post Survey / Report Briefings – to discuss findings and determine a future implementation programme where appropriate.
  • Complete Register Submission – relevant consumption data (energy & transport energy) and report finds with the Environmental Agency to ensure compliance.