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What is ESOS?

If you are a UK based company with a ‘large undertaking’ then keep reading, there could be some important information ahead.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, also known as ESOS, is a new mandatory government scheme which aims to increase awareness of energy consumption amongst larger businesses, with a focus on reducing costs and energy inefficiencies. As part of the scheme larger businesses will need to undertake regular energy audits (once every four years); although the audits are designed to look at energy consumption throughout your business, it also presents an opportunity for your business to identify cost saving methods, through reducing waste energy. Initial audits are required to be undertaken by the 5th December 2015 by an ESOS Lead Energy Assessor. View full compliance dates here

Who will qualify for the scheme?

The Qualification date for Phase 1 of the scheme has now passed. However those who have qualified are likely to be some of Britain's biggest companies, as the criterion for compliance affects businesses which have:

Role of ESOS participants and Lead Assessors

The ESOS audit will require businesses to work closely with our expert Lead Assessors in order to ensure ESOS audits are completed within the guidelines set by the Environment Agency.

What do I need to do?

Your first and most important action is to find out whether your business needs to comply with ESOS. If the answer is yes, then you should contact an ESOS Consultant as soon as possible to plan your first audit as this must be completed by 5th December 2015 and could take several months to pull together. Further ESOS audits will take place every four years from 2015 onwards. An approved
ESOS Lead Assessor is responsible for working with you and the key parties in your organisation to identify opportunities to reduce energy costs and target energy waste, detailing those opportunities in your ESOS Report before the 5th
December 2015 deadline.

The audit will involve looking at how your business uses energy, including how energy is used in buildings, transport and industrial operations based on an analysis of energy data and site survey evidence.