The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme is a national initiative that’s been around for some time now. As the name might suggest, it’s aimed at helping our nation become more efficient and environmentally friendly. (Incidentally, solar panels are a fantastic way to achieve this; giving you greener, cleaner energy.) So what exactly is ESOS, and is it something that affects your business?
ESOS is the UK government’s response to the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive, which was introduced in 2012. ESOS is a compulsory energy assessment scheme administrated by the Environment Agency, and apply to every organisation that meets its definition of a “large undertaking”. These organisations have to carry out an energy assessment audit once every four years. The audits cover buildings, industrial processes and transportation, and are used to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
Basically, ESOS acts to make the UK’s biggest organisations greener and more efficient, which has wide-ranging positive impacts on our sustainability as a nation. And given our expertise in business energy services here at Low Carbon Energy, that’s music to our ears.
In order for your company to be affected by ESOS, you have to meet its definition of a “large undertaking”. So that applies to:
If your business meets any of these criteria, you’re legally obliged to take part in ESOS in order to maximise your energy efficiency. It’s a legal obligation, though, that could end up saving you a lot of money, so it’s not something to be sniffed at!
If you don’t qualify for ESOS, then obviously you won’t need to do anything. But if you do qualify, you need to get either a UK-AS accredited ISO 50001 (which will cover your obligation), or complete an ESOS compliance test.
In order to do that, you’ve got to appoint a Lead Energy Assessor. There are a couple of options available for you to do this – Lead Energy Assessors can be external contractors or even internal employees. The only main requirement is that they’re licenced with an approved professional body register.
Your Lead Energy Assessor will then complete the ESOS compliance by:
The final step is then to keep records of this assessment, and notify the Environment Agency that the audit has been carried out. And that’s all it takes! A new qualification period starts once every four years.
Past 2019, the scheme will run again for another four years, during which you’ll need to organise a repeat of the audit. It all goes towards building a greener future!
A greener future is what we’re all about here at Low Carbon Energy, and we’ve got a number of solar panel solutions to help your business achieve it. What’s more, we offer expert advice and consultancy tailored to your organisation to help you maximise your energy efficiency and financial savings along the way. Click here to see some of the sectors we service, or alternatively you can check out some of our case studies to see what we’ve done for businesses just like yours!
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