What is ESOS?

The UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will address the requirements of Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive which, in order to promote energy efficiency, requires all Member States to introduce a system of energy audits for large enterprises.

Will my organisation be affected?

ESOS applies to any large undertaking that carries out a trade or a business, and any corporate group where at least one member of the UK group meets the ESOS criteria (on the 31 December 2018):

  • Employed at least 250 people in the UK
  • Or had an annual turnover exceeding €50m (£38,937,777) and a balance sheet exceeding €43m (£33,486,489).

When is the deadline for compliance?

The ESOS Phase 2 submission deadline is 5 December 2019.  This is the date by which an organisation must notify that it has complied with ESOS Phase 2.

How to comply

The regulations require all large UK organisations to take three important steps before the compliance date of 5 December 2019:

  • Measure their total energy consumption
  • Conduct audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities; and
  • Report compliance to the Environment Agency

Alternatively, organisations can comply by providing evidence that they have achieved certification to ISO 50001 across their organisation.

Full guidance on the ESOS regulations can be found on the GOV.UK website

How Business in the Community can help your organisation with ESOS phase 2 compliance?

Business in the Community has a qualified Lead Energy Assessor available to conduct energy audits and ensure full ESOS Compliance. For more information contact Keelin McCone.