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ESOS is a new scheme, established by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, in response to the requirement for all Member States of the EU to implement Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.   It is implemented in the UK by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014.

It is an energy assessment scheme that is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet the definition of a ‘Large Undertaking’.

Does my Organisation meet the definition of a Large Undertaking?

Criteria set out within the Regulations defines a Large Undertaking as an organisation that carries out a trade or business which:

  • Employs at least 250 persons; or
  • Employs fewer than 250 persons but has:
    • An annual turnover in excess of €50 million and
    • An annual balance sheet in excess of €43 million
  • Is part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking that meets either of the above criteria

What do I have to do if I qualify?

If your organisation meets the criteria as at the Qualification Date of 31st December 2014 then you will have to comply with the Scheme requirements.

Essentially these are:

  1. To measure your total energy consumption.  Including Buildings, Transport and Industrial operations use of fuel, electricity and gas. 
  2. Ensure that at least 90% of that consumption is audited and analysed for energy-saving opportunities by an ESOS-approved method.  
  3. Report your compliance to the Environment Agency.  

If you are already certified to any of the following schemes, you may already be on the route to ESOS compliance:

  • ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard (must be UKAS approved)
  • Green Deal Assessment
  • Display Energy Certificate

What timescales are involved?

The ESOS Scheme runs in four-yearly cycles.  For each there is a Qualification Date and then a period of Compliance culminating in a Deadline for Compliance.

The first Qualification Date is 31st December 2014 with a Compliance Date of 5th December 2015

The First Step….

…is to decide if you will qualify as a Large Undertaking as at 31st December 2014.  The detailed criteria can be found in this Guide issued by the DECC.   Once this is established, we can help you plan your strategy for compliance.  

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