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ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups).
ESOS is the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) response to the requirement for all Member States of the European Union to implement Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
It’s aim is to increase business profitability and competitiveness by encouraging better monitoring of energy consumption and identifying cost-effective savings.
The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings
The scheme applies throughout the UK.
ESOS Assessment requires participants to do three things:
1. Measure your total energy consumption across your buildings, transport and industrial activities.
2. Conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations. You must ensure that at least 90% of your total energy consumption is subject to at least one of the following audit methods:
ESOS energy audit
Display Energy Certificate
Green Deal Assessment or a certified
ISO 50001 Energy Management System
3. Report compliance to the Environment Agency By 5 December 2023 (Phase 3 compliance date), You must ensure that your ESOS Assessment has been reviewed by a Board-level Director and approved by a Lead Assessor.
ESOS will operate in four-yearly compliance phases. The qualification date for phase 3 is the 31st December 2022.