Reminder: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.
Organisations that qualify for 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.
By 5th December 2015 qualifying organisations must carry out their ESOS assessment and notify the Environment Agency.
Does My Company Qualify?
Your organisation qualifies if, on 31 December 2014, it meets the ESOS definition of a large undertaking. A large undertaking is any UK company that either employs 250 or more people or
has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£38,937,777) and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489) or, an overseas company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees (paying income tax in the UK)
How Do We Comply?
1. Calculate your total energy consumption
This is the energy used by assets held or activities carried out by your organisation or group. This includes the energy consumed by buildings, industrial processes and transport.
2. Identify your areas of significant energy consumption
This is the energy used by assets held, or activities carried out, by your organisation that account for at least 90% of your total energy consumption.
As long as 90% of your total energy consumption is covered, you can use a mix of approaches with some of your energy consumption covered by ISO 50001; some by DECS or GDAs and some by ESOS energy audits..
3. Appoint a lead assessor
You need to appoint a lead assessor to carry out and oversee or review your energy audits and overall ESOS assessment. Lead assessors can be employees or external contractors as long as they are members of an approved professional body register.
4. Notify the Environment Agency
You need to submit your ESOS notification of compliance to the Environment Agency when you have undertaken an ESOS assessment and are compliant with your obligations.
5. Keep records
You need to keep records of how you have complied with ESOS in an evidence pack. There is no set format for this.
More details on the ESOS scheme, your obligations and how to comply are set out in the full ESOS guidance available from the government website, here.
GTC are more than happy to help, if you have any questions or require assistance with any of the information discussed. please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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