Businesses across the UK are being urged to ‘prepare now and get ahead of the game’ before a new EU directive comes into force which will require larger firms to undertake mandatory energy-efficiency assessments. 


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The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is putting the finishing touches on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which will oblige companies to produce detailed reports on their energy use, including the energy efficiency of their organisation. 

Any company with more than 250 employees, a turnover of more than £41.5m of an annual balance sheet total of more than £35m will be affected by the ESOS, which is set to come into force over the next few months; to help the EU meet its target of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020. 

We are urging businesses to act now. 

Many businesses don’t currently measure and record their energy use and will face a big administrative burden unless they get external support.

Saving money 

Businesses need to consider the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS), which is used by many companies to measure their energy use and emissions and to help them meet ISO accreditations. 

The upcoming implementation of the ESOS is actually an ideal opportunity for businesses to cut their energy costs. 

For those not already focused on carbon reduction and energy efficiency, ESOS compliance does unfortunately give short-term pain- but there is long-term gain. Ultimately, this is a great opportunity for companies to save many thousands of pounds on their energy bills while communicating positive messages on their achievements.” 

Key requirements 

Exact detail of the ESOS will be unveiled in June but at a minimum, UK businesses will be required to provide:

    • A review of the total energy use and energy efficiency of the organisation
    • The amount of energy use per employee, focusing on key buildings, industrial operations and transport activities
    • Clear information on potential savings, which identify and quantify cost-effective energy-savings opportunities. Wherever practical these should be based on life cycle assessment (LCA) instead of simple payback periods (SPP)
    • Identification of an approved ESOS assessor (either an in-house expert or an external consultant) to conduct the assessment

The EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive came into force in December 2012. It was agreed that businesses affected would have to comply and carry out energy audits within three years – with a deadline of December 2015. 

Public sector organisations will be exempt because they will have to comply with separate government procurement rules that require them to ensure that at least 3% of their floor areas are renovated each year to meet minimum energy performance requirements.

Full advice can be provided and we urge any Business to consider what will happen in June so get ahead of the game and get in touch.