What is ESOS?
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment scheme administrated by The Environment Agency that is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments four-yearly.
These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
Organisations must then notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations.
ESOS non-compliance is made public and incurs fixed fines plus additional daily penalties for failure to notify compliance.
The intent of the scheme is to help organisations recognise and act upon real savings opportunities that save money through strategically focussed energy management and investments that demonstrate real worthwhile returns.
How does it work?
An ESOS Assessment requires participants to do three things:
- Measure your total energy consumption
- Conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective efficiency recommendations
- Report compliance to the Environment Agency (as the scheme administrator)
The reporting must be signed off by a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor.