The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is new UK legislation which requires large enterprises to carry out an energy audit of their business operations over a recurring 4-yearly cycle. Over 10,000 of Britain’s biggest companies are required to comply and more than £1.5 billion in annual energy costs are expected to be saved.
Who qualifies for ESOS?
Large organisations (those with more than 250 employees or a turnover in excess of €50M) will be required to review total energy use from their buildings, transport and industrial processes.
Who benefits from ESOS?
The principal beneficaries will be the organisations who implement the energy saving initiatives that are recommended in the audits. Reduced energy costs translate directly into increased profits.
What is ISO 50001?
ISO 50001 is the international standard for an energy management system. If you decide to implement the standard you will be performing many of the same processes as you would do for ESOS.
Organisations will not need to undertake an ESOS assessment if operations are fully covered by ISO 50001; however you are still required to notify the Environment Agency that you have fully complied with ESOS.
The key differences between ESOS and ISO 50001 are:
- ISO 50001 is an internationally recognised standard and being certfied conveys an important message that continual improvement in energy demand and emissions are taken seriously in the organisation.
- ISO 50001 may be required when dealing with larger customers who may mandate that all of their supply chain companies are ISO 50001 certified.
- ESOS lead assessors can help customers prepare and conduct the ESOS energy audit and then sign it off. With ISO 50001 the consultant and the auditor signing off the application cannot be the same person.
How do I find out more?
The Environment Agency have produced a comprehensive ESOS guide. In addition, Epsilon have prepared a compact brochure that provides a summary of the new regulations and may help you determine whether your organisation qualifies under the new legislation. Please download our free guide via the sidebar widget.
EMA Lead Assessor Register
Energy Auditors employed by Epsilon have undergone a recognised course of training with the Energy Managers Association so that they are fully aquainted with ESOS and to know how the regulations may be applied in the real world.
Why act now?
- The ESOS regulations came into force on 17 July 2014.
- Compliance for the first cycle is required by 05 December 2015.
- If ESOS applies to you then compliance is mandatory.
- Start the process today by completing our online enquiry form.
Epsilon have developed a 3-stage procedure designed to ensure maximum clarity for all parties. At each stage our assessors will be open and helpful and carry out their work in a professional manner. In this way we believe that we add value to the audit process and provide the most efficient route to ESOS compliance.