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ESOS Guidance

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Quick compliance guide

Thousands of companies across the UK are affected by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), a mandatory energy saving identification and assessment scheme for large companies. In this post, we outline the requirements and basic steps to follow for ESOS compliance.

Download the ESOS compliance guide Download our ESOS guidance note

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory energy assessment and reduction scheme for UK large undertakings and their corporate groups (where applicable). It is estimated that around 10,000 organisations in the country are affected by the scheme.

ESOS aims to unlock both carbon reductions and cost savings through an audit and verification process.

The ESOS regulations were published in 2014 and Defra has provided comprehensive guidance. Both are available here, along with our guidance note:

  • ESOS Regulations 2014
  • Defra ESOS guidance
  • ESOS guidance note

Is your company affected?

A company must take part in ESOS if the organisation qualified as a large undertaking on 31 December 2014. In other words, the company (or any other undertaking in the corporate group) must have employed 250 people and / or had an annual turnover of over €50million (£38.94 million) and a balance sheet of over €43 million (£33.49 million).

What do you need to do?

ESOS operates on 4-year compliance phases. For the first phase, ESOS-assessed activity must have been undertaken between 6 December 2011 and 5 December 2015 to be considered compliant.

Once you have determined if you must comply, there are 6 basic steps to follow:

Next Steps

Brite Green specialise in taking the hassle out of compliance with environmental legislation and help companies to reduce their impacts, saving costs and improving resilience in the process.

Wherever you’re starting from, we can help you comply with ESOS regulations and can deliver energy and costs savings across your business. Download our guidance note to learn more about ESOS and how it affects you:

Download the ESOS compliance guide Download our ESOS guidance note

To understand whether you are caught by the ESOS regulations and for a free consultation on the best compliance route for your organisation, contact us: