The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification scheme for large undertakings (and their corporate groups). The scheme applies throughout the UK and will affect around 9,700 business.

ESOS Energy Audits have the potential to increase businesses profitability and competitiveness by identifying cost-effective savings which, if implemented, will improve energy efficiency. The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings.

Do I qualify for ESOS?

Your organisation will be in scope of ESOS if it qualifies as a large undertaking. For the purposes of ESOS, an undertaking is a large undertaking if it meets either of the following criteria:

  1. It has 250 or more employees in the UK
  2. It has fewer than 250 employees, but has and annual turnover exceeding €50m and a balance sheet exceeding €43m.

If you are required to participate in the scheme, initial qualification must be determined and notified to the scheme administrator by 31 December 2014. Compliance with the scheme will then be required by 5 December 2015.

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