ESOS, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT THEN?
- Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme, or ESOS, is the vehicle that the UK is using to comply with the European Union 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive, Article 8.
- It is designed to improve business profits, enhance competitiveness, whilst reducing impact on the Environment and Climate Change.
- It is estimated that there are energy efficiency savings of around £2bn still to be made by UK business. Most organisations can save 20 to 25% through simple energy efficiency measures alone.
- The deadline for the first wave of ESOS has Expired. If your organisation is required to submit an ESOS return then you should contact the Environment Agency immediately
We can provide ESOS Evidence Pack preparation, Registered Assessor Approval/Sign-Off, by our established and experienced Energy Consumption and Management Specialists, who are Registered ESOS Assessors. They can guide you through the ESOS pathway by building your evidence pack in accordance with Environment Agency requirements or sign off your pre-prepared pack,enabling your business to comply.
100% of our ESOS Clients have had our Evidence Packs accepted and approved by the Environment Agency
ISO50001:2011 We can put in place a robust Energy Management System which fits the ISO50001 criteria enabling your organisation to apply for certification
100% of our ESOS Clients have had their ESOS Compliance Submission accepted and approved by the Environment Agency
Contact us for a no-obligation assessment of the way forward for your organisation and to avoid Department of the Environment penalties in compliance with UK Legislation.
We have provided support, guidance and provided remedial support for organisations who have not met the first wave ESOS Deadlines.
Does ESOS Apply to my Business?
If your business has a physical presence in the UK and that entity meets the ESOS criteria, you will have to take steps to account for your energy consumption and identify savings opportunities.
Does My Business Fit the ESOS Criteria?
Large businesses must make an ESOS return to the Environment Agency. Organisations are designated as ‘Large’ if they:
- Employ more than 250 people
- Have a turnover of in excess of 50 million Euro’s or a balance sheet of in excess of 43 million Euro’s.
- Has a presence in the UK and the above tests apply.
Public Sector organisations will not normally be subject to ESOS. Although some Universities, if they fit the criteria above and are not subject to the Public Sector Contract Regulations 2012, in England Scotland and Wales, or Public Sector Contract Regulations 2005 in Scotland.
Key ESOS Dates
- 6 December 2011 – 5 December 2015: Second compliance phase – EXPIRED
- 31 December 2014: Qualification date for first compliance phase – EXPIRED
- 5 December 2015: – EXPIRED
If you have missed the ESOS deadline and are required to make a return, you should contact the Environment Agency at:
Gebs Energy has provided solutions for organisations who have been late with thier submissions.
The ESOS Criteria Applies To My Business, what should I do?
To comply with the regulations, a ‘Lead Energy Assessor’ will need to conduct an ESOS Assessment to:
- Measure your total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport
- Identify areas of significant energy consumption, accounting for at least 90% of your total energy consumption
- Identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for areas of significant energy consumption;
- Report compliance to the Environment Agency by December 2015
- ESOS Audits must be repeated out every 4 years
What does an ESOS Assessment Look Like?
The assessment period must include 31st December 2013 and end by December 2015. Energy Savings identified and actioned continuously up to and including this period is acceptable, but the deadline is December 2015,
The ESOS Assessment has no prescribed format but the Lead Assessor must confirm that it meets all the parameters and reports in all data as required by ESOS.
At least one site visit is required to ensure assessments are not theoretical Organisations with a number of similar sites or assets can take a proportionate approach, applying recommendations from one audit across the wider portfolio. If all cost saving energy improvements have been made in smaller sites, using the Assessment criteria from authorised agencies and no significant changes by way of output, refitting or upgrading then New Assessments do not have to be made (although advice in this instance should be taken).
Exemptions from ESOS
Organisations which are fully covered by ISO50001 have an exemption from ESOS. In addition, businesses which have had Green Deal Assessments (GDA) or have Display Energy Certificates (DEC) in place may be excluded from this process. However GDA or DEC may not be sufficient so guidance should be sort from the Department of the Environment.