The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
10 April 2014 by Rida Daher
In line with Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, all member states are now required to implement a program of regular energy audits for large companies. It is believed that the potential net benefit for this policy to the UK is between £0.8bn and £3bn between 2015 and 2013. The estimate is based on the conservative assumption that audits would lead to an average 0.7% energy saving per enterprise
ESOS assessments will look at key buildings, transportation and industrial/commercial processes, and examine data about their energy usage in order to recommend cost-effective measures to save organisations energy and money.
The Government also intends to sponsor the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) by the British Standards Institute – the UK’s national standards body – setting out the level of competence required to conduct ESOS assessments.
Now although a number of schemes covering large UK enterprises require accurate energy measurement, such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, forthcoming mandatory GHG reporting, EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), and Climate Change Agreements (CCAs),there are currently no schemes in place that require enterprises to identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities. Requiring large enterprises to undertake regular energy efficiency audits – through ESOS – targets this existing policy gap.
Want to know more about the scheme? You could attend the 3rd Annual Energy Management forum taking place on the 14th of May at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre. Key panels and speakers at the event include:
• Andy Cowdrill, Policy Advisor, Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme, The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
• Sarah Beacock, Skills and Capabilities Director, Energy Institute
• Lord Redesdale, CEO, Energy Managers Association
• Jeremy Nicholson, Director, Energy Intensive Users Group