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.
Compliance with the second phase of the scheme must be completed and reported to the Environment Agency by 5 December 2019.
The timings of each ESOS scheme phase are shown here:
|Qualification Date||4 Year Compliance Phase||Compliance Date|
|Phase 1||31 Dec 2014||6 Dec 2011 – 5 Dec 2015||5 Dec 2015|
|Phase 2||31 Dec 2018||6 Dec 2015 – 5 Dec 2019||5 Dec 2019|
|Phase 3||31 Dec 2022||6 Dec 2019 – 5 Dec 2023||5 Dec 2023|
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.
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.
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. A TEAM lead assessor can help:
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