Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) answer to Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, whereby “All member states had to introduce a program for energy audits for large enterprises”.
Any company that had > 250 employees or had an annual turnover of > €50m and a balance sheet of > €43m had to comply.The First ESOS concluded on December 5th 2016 with only 60% of participating companies reaching compliance. There were a number of factors that led to companies not reaching compliance. These were predominantly:
Timescale: With over 10,000 companies needing to comply, many found it extremely difficult to reach compliance within the allocated year.
Completion: Simply put, companies were not prepared for ESOS until it was too late. We saw various cases in which companies were not familiar with the size or structure of their organisation which meant they didn’t know what to do or who was responsible for their compliance. On the other hand we had examples where companies just underestimated the amount of resources, time and data needed to reach compliance.
To the relief of our ESOS customers, our ESOS lead accessors and team of consultants were able to rid them of these burdens. We helped them:
- assess their company structure
- gather and analyse the necessary data
- report the findings
- identify recommendations
- get board level signoff
- ensure compliance
After all the hard work, we are proud to say that we have a 100% compliance success rate with all our ESOS clients.
So what’s next?
If you have already complied with the first phase of ESOS, firstly congratulations, secondly we can help you to implement the recommendations and unlock the savings identified within the company. We can also help you begin the second phase of ESOS and ensure future ESOS compliance.
Alternatively if you are new to ESOS and are not sure if your company qualifies, then we can help you through the process.