The government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK’s interpretation of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. It is an initiative to lower carbon emissions and mandates that organisations undertake comprehensive assessments of energy use and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years.
The scheme is aimed at large commercial businesses. Those that qualify must carry out repeated audits, scheduled to happen every 4 years, to identify cost-effective energy saving measures. Brexit will not affect requirements.
We’re now in Phase 3 of the ESOS compliance scheme which started on 6th December 2019. All ESOS reporting must be completed, signed off and filed with the Environment Agency by 5th December 2023.
ESOS applies to UK organisations and their corporate groups that are large enough to meet one of these qualification criteria:
Full details can be found here on page 7.
You will need a Lead Assessor as authorised by the Environment Agency to undertake an ESOS assessment. As you would expect the cost does depend on the size of the organisation, but typically compliance starts from £650. It is advisable to not look for the cheapest but one that offers a competitive price, and has the necessary experience to help you see benefits from the process.
To comply you’ll need to report 12 months energy consumption, which includes December 2022, for buildings, industrial processes and transport. This means having access to the likes of:
ESOS will take time and have a cost to your business, but by embracing this with a good Lead Assessor you could look to recover costs by making changes to how you use your energy, which is the intention of the process.
You may find that this opens opportunities for additional projects and savings.
Any organisations that qualify for the ESOS scheme but fail to meet their obligations by the deadline will be issued with a non-compliance enforcement notice, alongside potential fines. Non-compliant undertakings will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Companies in breach of the ESOS regulations may also be named and shamed.
We can provide organisations with bespoke and tailored support as well as guidance surrounding compliance with ESOS.
If you qualify for ESOS it is all about providing evidence that you have been able to identify energy efficiency and energy management opportunities when you have an audit; this is where we can help.
Indigo Swan can either help with an ISO 50001 Energy Management standard which excludes you from the ESOS process or can assist with ESOS compliance, including providing a Lead Assessor.
Should you prefer some tools and information to support your own submission, we can discuss accessing and analysing half hourly data from smart meters to demonstrate a starting point and the impact of measures.