Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large organisations. This scheme, which came into force in 2014 in response to Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, applies throughout the UK and requires ESOS assessments every four years.

Who is affected?

ESOS affects organisations that qualify as large undertakings on the 31 December of each qualification year, if they:

  • have 250 or more UK employees OR Fewer than 250 UK employees

  • have an annual turnover exceeding €50m (£38,937,777) and

  • have a balance sheet exceeding €43m (£33,486,489) OR

  • are part of a group which includes an organisation that meets either sets of criteria outlined above

To qualify as a large undertaking, the status of an organisation should be determined by whether they have maintained their size for at least two consecutive accounting periods.

The deadline for the first compliance period, 5 December 2015, has now passed and if you missed the deadline you still need to take action.

The second compliance period runs from 6 December 2015 to 5 December 2019 with the qualification date on the 31 December 2018. If you believe that your organisation will qualify on the 31 December 2018, from 6 December 2015 you can conduct energy audits and implement alternative compliance routes and these activities can be used to demonstrate compliance in 2019.

What you need to do

Affected organisations must complete an ESOS Assessment:

  • measure total energy consumption over a 12 month period
  • determine areas of significant energy consumption
  • carry out an ESOS compliant energy audit or alternative compliance route such ISO 50001:2011 – Energy Management System (EnMS)
  • confirm compliance with ESOS with the relevant environment agency by 5 December of the compliance year

How Valpak can help

We have developed a service to fulfil all of your ESOS compliance requirements and can offer the following:       

Full ESOS Assessment Service including:

  • preparation of the total energy consumption over a period of 12 months
  • completion of compliant energy audits
  • completion of sign off process from Lead Assessor and company director(s)
  • completion of Environment Agency notification process
  • attend Environment Agency audits

A Fully Tailored ISO 50001 EnMS Implementation Service

To find out more about our ESOS compliance service options or if you require more guidance call us today on 03450 682 572 or complete our enquiry form.