.Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulation was introduced as part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. ESOS is a compulsory energy assessment scheme that ensures all large companies identify energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years. It is then up to the individual business as to whether they implement the recommendations.
The Phase 2 compliance period of ESOS closed out on December 2019 and we are now looking at Phase 3.
The qualification date for Phase 3 is 31st December 2022.
If your organisation is fully covered by ISO 50001 then you do not need to carry out an ESOS assessment – simply submit a notification to the regulator. The Environment Agency administers the scheme for the UK and regulates the scheme in England. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales regulate the scheme in their own countries. Offshore, ESOS is regulated by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
To comply with ESOS you must carry out the following actions.
Whilst mandatory government schemes can often be convoluted and complex, ESOS has actually been designed to help your business. ESOS not only helps raise awareness of energy consumption issues, but it also ensures that your company is running as energy efficiently as possible. This has two significant benefits; helping to reduce your carbon emission and lower your energy bills. Essentially, ESOS is win-win – you are helping to make the planet greener whilst reducing your outgoings, which will have an impact on your business’s margins.
If your company choose not to carry out ESOS, civil penalties can be issued for non-compliance and published information on the Environmental Agency website.
Penalties for non-compliance include:
Implementing ESOS can take time, resources, and expertise. With over 20 years’ experience in delivering innovative energy efficiency solutions to our clients’ energy challenges, our team of engineers can support you through the entire ESOS process and beyond.
Get started with ESOS as early as possible to avoid any penalties for non-compliance. Get in touch with our team today and meet the deadline!