Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme: a new mandatory energy assessment scheme for large undertakings

The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s implementation of a particular requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive regarding energy audits. It requires energy assessments (including the identification of energy-saving opportunities) to be carried out every four years for large undertakings (and their corporate groups). It does not apply to the public sector. Participants must report compliance to the Environment Agency (as the scheme administrator). The Environment Agency will be publishing additional compliance guidance later on in 2014.

The qualification date for the first phase is 31 December 2014.

For ESOS purposes, a ‘large undertaking’ is one that either has 250 or more employees in the UK or one that has an annual turnover exceeding €50m (£40m) and a balance sheet exceeding €43m…

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