Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy savings identification scheme for large organisations in the UK. The scheme was established by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2014 in order to address requirements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.
Organisations that qualify for Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.
With ever increasing legislation such as Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), CCL Climate Change Levy and CRC Carbon Reduction Commitment, combined with the pressure for carbon reduction through sustainability and resource efficiency, this standard provides a framework to meet these requirements. Having your system certified by an independent Certification Body demonstrates your commitment to customers and stakeholders.
The standard specifies the requirements for an Energy Management System (EnMS) to enable your organisation to develop and implement a policy, identify significant areas of energy consumption and target energy reductions. As well as enhancing energy efficiency, an EnMS can cut costs and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions providing you with a competitive advantage.
The Energy Management System is structured in a similar manner to the Environmental Management System ISO14001.
Organisations that have already implemented or plan to implement ISO14001 can integrate the requirements of the management systems to enable a more efficient implementation process while ensuring that the benefits from the continued value add of the management system, in the form of reduced energy costs.
Other energy management services:
- Assist with policy development
- Identify opportunities to reduce energy
- stablish measure and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Save money by continually reducing your energy consumption year on year.
- Arrange a free visit by an energy expert
- Help you apply for an interest free government loan if required.
If your organisation employs more than 250 employees or delivers a turnover in excess of €50M / £36M, then you will now fall under the mandatory requirements of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Under the ESOS scheme your organisation will be required to determine the total energy use from its business operations (including building energy use, transport energy use and industrial processes). You will also be required to calculate the amount of energy used per employee and identify potential measures that could save energy. These initial audits will need to be undertaken by 05 December 2015.
The certification body’s logo should be accompanied by the crown and tick to confirm UKAS accreditation