ESOS: a real opportunity for energy savings or just more green tape?

UK companies struggling with energy and emissions monitoring and reporting obligations should be aware that more obligations are coming. Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, which came into force on 4 December 2012, requires all member states to implement a system of energy audits for ‘large enterprises’. All such enterprises are required to have been audited by 5 December 2015. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK government’s proposed approach of implementing article 8 under new regulations due to be enacted next year. The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) believes the scheme offers a significant opportunity for UK businesses by encouraging the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. A consultation by DECC on the ESOS closed on 3 October 2013. 

The consultation has requested feedback on the following four key questions: what organisations should be covered by the assessments; what do the audits need to cover as a minimum; what are the competencies required to conduct an audit; and who should oversee compliance with the scheme?  …

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