The deadline for the first compliance period for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations is 5 December 2015, by which time qualifying businesses will have to achieve compliance with the regulations and notify the Environment Agency.

ESOS is the UK Government’s response to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which mandates energy assessments for organisations with 250+ employees, or with an annual turnover and balance sheet of €50m and €43m respectively.

The new regulations require participants to calculate their total energy consumption (including fuel for business transport) over a 12 month period overlapping with the qualification date (31 December 2014), and to carry out energy efficiency auditing covering 90{67b63adeee84288d05c69374b63a73d74bda45dce51528d9cd4443c0a3e4e950} of this energy use.

90{67b63adeee84288d05c69374b63a73d74bda45dce51528d9cd4443c0a3e4e950} of your organisations energy use must be covered by:

  • ESOS compliant energy audits
  • Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
  • Green Deal Assessments
  • ISO 50001 accredited energy management system

If implemented correctly, ESOS will be a great chance to get cost effective energy efficiency plans considered at board level and could yield substantial savings in company costs

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