ESOS will require big businesses to perform audits every four years

22nd July, 2013

Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU), requires all Member States to introduce a regime of regular energy audits for ‘large enterprises’ (non-SMEs) to promote the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency measures. These audits must be undertaken by 5 December 2015, and then every four years thereafter. 

The consultation seeks views on the UK’s approach to meeting this requirement through implementing a new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The Government’s ambition is to develop a proportionate and better regulation approach, which yields real energy efficiency rewards.

DECC consultation page: gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme 

Audits will be targeted at private sector organisations which either have at least 250 employees, or have fewer than 250 employees but an annual turnover exceeding Euro50m and annual balance sheet total exceeding Euro43m. Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “The potential benefits of cutting down on energy waste are significant – £56,400 savings per year on the energy bills of the average large business, and £1.9bn benefits to the UK as a whole.”

Press release containing the ministerial statement announcing the consultation to Parliament:
gov.uk/government/news/energy-efficiency-measures-for-large-firms-could-see-19-billion-net-benefit-for-uk

The consultation runs until 3 October.

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