ESOS - The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme



The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme


Applies to all large organisations

ESOS – The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme

What is ESOS?

ESOS is a set of regulations that came into force in June 2014 that requires all “large” organisations to undertake energy audits and identify options for energy savings.

Who does it apply to?

ESOS applies to all non-government organisations if, on 31 December 2018, they meet the definition of a “large undertaking”. This is an organisation or group of organisations where one member of the group has at least 250 employees or has an annual turnover greater than € 50 million or a balance sheet greater than € 43 million. Qualifying organisations that fail to comply face fines of up to £90,000.

What are the options to comply with the ESOS requirements?

To comply with ESOS, all qualifying organisations must undertake one of the following exercises:

  • Measure their total energy consumption for a 12-month period including 31 December 2018 and complete an ESOS compliant energy audit that covers 90% of their energy consumption and is reviewed by a qualified Lead Assessor; OR
  • Implement an ISO 50001 Energy Management System, covering 100% of their energy consumption, that is certified by a UKAS accredited Certification Body

When do I need to take action?

The deadline for submitting evidence of compliance for the next compliance period will be 5 December 2019. Although this may seem a long way off, early planning is strongly recommended, particularly if you are considering achieving certification to ISO 50001 as your route to compliance.

In the last compliance period, over 300 companies who failed to meet the deadline were issued with enforcement notices and fines of up to £50,000.

Next Steps

We can provide you with independent advice on the best compliance route and support package for your organisation.

If you have already selected your compliance route, Equas can help you implement ISO 50001 or conduct an ESOS compliance energy audit including review by a qualified Lead Assessor.

Contact us now for a no-obligation discussion or quotation.