Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Scheme
ESOS Scheme – Beyond Compliance
It’s time to get the most out if the ESOS…
Your ESOS scheme compliance has already done most of the hard work for you by identifying energy efficiency measures. But if you’re struggling for time TEAM can help you with the next steps towards improved efficiency.
Between us, we have a century’s worth of experience in helping our customer across all sectors reduce energy costs and emissions.
Contact ESOS Services
Our team of CIBSE Accredited Low Carbon Assessors, Low Carbon Consultants and ESOS Lead Assessors can ensure you maximise the benefits of the ESOS scheme.
TEAM’s ESOS services can:
- Review your ESOS audit results and discuss the most cost effective options available
- Analyse your data and energy consumption, advising you on what to do next
- Undertake surveys that you didn’t do as part of ESOS scheme, ensuring maximum energy savings
- Out-of-hours surveys to identify baseload savings
- If required, we can help you maximise the benefit of Government Incentive Schemes
What is the ESOS Scheme?
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory requirement for all large enterprises in the UK. The scheme requires recording and reporting of energy data for buildings, transport, and industrial processes over a 12-month period. Additionally, depending on the size and complexity of your portfolio of buildings, the scheme requires energy surveys accompanied by cost-effective recommendations to reduce energy demand and improve energy efficiency. As the name implies, the focus is on opportunities to reduce energy use and its associated cost to UK plc.
ESOS Scheme Compulsory Phases
The ESOS scheme will run in phases every 4 years. The timeline for Phase 1 is:
||4 Year Compliance Phase
|31 Oct 2014
||6 Dec 2011 – 5 Dec 2015
||5 Dec 2015
||29th January 2016
For more information, please read the official guide to ESOS from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) here.
What happens if I didn’t make the ESOS scheme deadline?
If a qualifying organisation doesn’t meet the deadline, they can expect to receive a basic fine of £50,000, plus an additional fine of £800 per day up to a maximum of 80 days.
How can TEAM’s ESOS Services help you?
TEAM’s experienced consultants can provide a full ESOS Scheme Consultancy; starting from Initial Assessment to a full review of available energy data and the submission of your data to the Environment Agency. The ESOS report is a four yearly requirement and will require director sign-off within your company before it is submitted. Our service is fully flexible to meet your specific requirements.
TEAM’s ESOS certified consultants can provide full ESOS Scheme Consultancy including all or any of the following:
- Collating data for building, transport and process energy use
- Review of portfolio to determine number of energy surveys required
- Carry out energy surveys following BRE guidelines
- Produce survey reports including cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations
- ESOS Assessor review, verification and sign-off
- Preparation of Submission Document and Evidence Pack including sign-off by an accredited ESOS Lead Assessor
- The initial assessment is free to existing TEAM software and bureau customers.
For more information, simply call us on 01908 690018 or contact us.
Who will be affected?
All large enterprises in the UK will be affected. This is defined as having 250 employees or more, or having both a turnover greater than 50m euros and an annual balance sheet greater than 43m euros. SMEs, franchises, and public sector bodies are generally exempt from the ESOS scheme.
What will you need to do?
- Step 1: Formulate your ESOS scheme strategy
The first step is a strategic assessment of your particular situation, taking account of things you’ve already done which could be included in your Evidence Pack. For example, suitable building energy surveys (such as DEC Advisory Reports or Commercial Green Deal Assessments) carried out during the compliance phase may be used to demonstrate ESOS scheme compliance. Energy data may already have been gathered as part of your CRC or ISO 50001 reporting which can be used in your Evidence Pack. This initial assessment will allow you to take a strategic look at your organisation, identifying what you’ve already got in place, and what further actions are needed to comply with ESOS.
- Step 2: Engage an ESOS Lead Assessor
As the name implies, ESOS Scheme Lead Assessors will lead you through the process of complying with the ESOS regulations. Your Lead Assessor will review the information about your organisation’s energy use that you’ve already gathered in Step 1. Your Lead Assessor will sign off everything which meets the ESOS scheme criteria, with copies included in your ESOS Evidence Pack. TEAM has experienced assessors who will be ESOS accredited to help you through this process. Whether you need “light touch” support or more detailed assistance, TEAM can guide you gently and effectively through the ESOS process. If you are already a TEAM customer using Sigma Software for your building energy data, we can advise you about importing your transport and process data as well, producing standard reports for your Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Evidence Pack. If you aren’t using TEAM’s Sigma Software yet, and are looking for a way to manage information across a large/complex portfolio of buildings, we are sure to have the solution which fits your requirements.
- Step 3: Carry out your building energy surveys
If you haven’t carried out energy surveys of your buildings already, your Lead Assessor will help you to identify and group together buildings suitable for surveying. Your Lead Assessor with them review and sign-off the survey reports providing cost-effective energy measures for your buildings, with copies included in your Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Evidence Pack. TEAM has experienced energy assessors who will be ESOS scheme accredited, and can visit your selected sites and carry out the required surveys for you.
- Step 4: Prepare your ESOS Submission documents and compile your ESOS Evidence Pack
Your submission documents must be signed off by your ESOS Accredited Lead Assessor. The Lead Assessor than passes these documents to a company director for sign-off and submission to the Environment Agency. The Lead Assessor also compiles the Evidence Pack, and signed-off copies are kept by both the Assessor and the Company for compliance/auditing purposes in future.
How to comply?
If you qualify for ESOS but your energy use (including buildings, transport and industrial processes) is fully covered by ISO50001 you do not need to carry out a separate ESOS assessment. You can simply report your ISO50001 data to fulfill requirements of the scheme.
If you are not fully covered by ISO50001 you need to carry out an ESOS assessment to establish what your organisation needs to do to comply with the ESOS regulations for the areas not covered by the ISO. This may include:
- Calculating your total energy consumption (buildings, transport, industrial processes)
- Appointing a qualified lead assessor to carry out, oversee and review energy audits
- Notifying the Environment Agency
- Keeping records in an evidence pack
See the full ESOS Guidance Document published by Department of Energy & Climate Change.