For large organisations in the UK, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment scheme.
Introduced by the ESOS Regulations 2014 Act, ESOS requires organisations with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover greater than £44m to order and carry out energy usage audits across all industrial processes, buildings and transport. This is to assess and identify opportunities for greater energy efficiency, and failure to meet ESOS requirements can lead to significant consequences, such as fines and reputational damage.
Our team of ESOS compliance experts supports large organisations in the planning, conducting and reporting on energy audits. Our specialists are registered ESOS Lead Assessors, providing comprehensive energy audits that ensure your business meets ESOS audit requirements. We support a number of teams that require qualified, cost-effective external resourcing to support their energy efficiency programmes, including facilities, HR, environment and compliance.
Our registered ESOS Lead Assessors support your organisation’s compliance with the ESOS Regulations 2014 Act. We provide accredited, independent ESOS advice to in-house teams to help prepare and audit their energy use through to fully outsourced ESOS Assessments and sign-off.
Our registered ESOS Lead Assessors team can provide tailored, bespoke advice for large organisations preparing and conducting an in-house energy usage audit across premises and operations.
Our ESOS Compliance Advice Service includes a full-day evaluation of your organisation’s energy context. You’ll receive a report setting out the costs and benefits of the available options for ESOS compliance, along with a recommendation of the most cost-effective compliance route for you and learnings from Phase 1 and Phase 2 assessment deadlines.
Our advice can help your organisation prepare for the Phase 3 ESOS deadline in 2023 and advise whether it is more cost-effective to implement a formal energy management system certified to ISO 50001.
Our advice service is a fixed cost with no hidden extras. We offer a free, no-obligation quotation and an initial discussion to determine your requirements.
Contact our knowledgeable team for a no-obligation discussion of your requirements and a fixed-price quotation.
Conducting an ESOS assessment is the most cost-effective route to compliance. If your organisation lacks in-house expertise or available resources, you can outsource the ESOS assessment to our expert team. Our experienced consultants will handle the entire process, including:
Our outsourced ESOS Assessment Service is a fixed cost, providing peace of mind and ensuring you meet the Phase 3 deadline.
Our registered ESOS Lead Assessors can support your in-house energy audit with a formal review and verification of your energy assessment to ensure it complies with ESOS regulations. Our specialist assessors can provide evaluation feedback and formally sign off the assessment before submission before the Phase 3 deadline.
Our Lead Assessor Sign-off service is a fixed price with no hidden costs for peace of mind.
Organisations with ISO 50001 certification and an energy management system that covers 100% of your energy usage valid on the Phase 3 deadline are exempt from ESOS assessment requirements. For some types of business, where significant reductions in energy costs are achievable, or where an ISO 14001 environmental management system is already in place, implementing a formal energy management system is a cost-effective route for ESOS compliance.
Using our bespoke ISO in a Box™ framework, our experienced ISO consultants will help you design and implement an energy management system that will deliver tangible business benefits and achieve ISO 50001 certification.
We offer fixed-price ISO consultation and implementation, with no hidden extras and guaranteed ISO certification.
Our professional ESOS compliance services provide peace of mind and ensure your organisation can meet ESOS requirements without the cost and time spent building an in-house audit function.
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was introduced by the ESOS Regulations 2014. It is a mandatory energy assessment scheme that requires qualifying organisations to audit their energy use across premises, transport and industrial processes. The audit should identify energy usage and areas where more efficient usage can be implemented.
UK organisations responsible for regulating the ESOS scheme include the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
It is a legal requirement for qualifying organisations to conduct an ESOS audit and assessment every four years.
ESOS compliance can help identify energy savings, leading to lower energy costs, less energy wastage and more effective operations, transport and industrial processes. Energy-efficient organisations can benefit from improved staff engagement and enhanced reputation.
Organisations known as ‘large undertakings’ qualify for ESOS assessments.
A large undertaking is defined as employing more than 250 people or having an annual turnover in excess of £48m and an annual balance sheet total in excess of £38m.
ESOS assessments should be carried out every four years, known as ESOS ‘phases’.
The current Phase 3 has a deadline for assessments to be conducted, signed off and submitted by December 5, 2023. It is good practice to invest in planning, auditing and assessing before the deadline, and this should be done as early as possible within the assessment phase.
A Lead Assessor must be appointed by law to oversee and sign off an ESOS assessment. All Lead Assessors must be a member of an approved professional body register. Our team of ESOS Lead Assessors are all registered.
Organisations with ISO 50001 certification do not need to carry out an ESOS assessment. The organisation will need to notify the Environment Agency of its ISO 50001 status and confirm compliance with ESOS. Our team can support the implementation of the ISO 50001 standard and building an energy management system.
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