In 2014 the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) regulation was introduced as a reiteration of the Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The ESOS as an energy assessment and energy savings scheme mandates that all large enterprises carry out an ESOS compliant energy assessment and identify energy efficiency opportunities at least ones every four years. We are now if Phase 2 (second compliance period) of ESOS. The qualification date for the ESOS Phase 2 is 31 December 2018, and the final date for compliance with Phase 2 and making your notification is 5th December 2019.
1. Any UK organisation must comply with the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) if it is a large undertaking, or is part of a corporate group which includes another UK undertaking, and meet either one or both of the conditions below:
– has 250 or more employees, or
– has a turnover of more than 50 million euro annually (£44,845,000), and an annual balance sheet total of more than 43 million euro (£38,566,700)
2. Any overseas (non-UK registered) company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees
Organisations qualify for the second ESOS compliance period if, on 31 December 2018, they met the ESOS definition of a large undertaking. Whilst ESOS compliance predominantly applies to businesses, not-for-profit organisations and any other non public sector undertakings that meet the criteria must also comply.
For more information about ESOS, and to find out if your organisation will need to take part, refer to the Environment Agency’s ESOS Guidelines.
The EMA offers both opportunities for your company to train internally one of your staff member to undertake your ESOS compliance or to appoint one of the EMA Registered Lead Assessors.
The four-step process through which a candidate is placed on the register is outlined below.