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Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Manage your energy, comply with regulation and cut costs using BSI standards

In October 2012, the EU produced the Energy Efficiency Directive, specifying all member countries to create an energy audit scheme to ensure the achievement of the EU’s 2020 target on energy efficiency.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) responded by creating the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) which mandates all non-SME organizations to carry out an energy audit by 5 December 2015. 

The ESOS scheme deadlines have changed
: Organizations must report energy audits to the Environment Agency by 29 January and organizations undertaking ISO 50001 must complete their certification by 30 June 2016.


Who does ESOS apply to?

ESOS applies to large organizations that employ 250 or more staff or have an annual turnover in excess of £42m and an annual balance sheet total of around £36.5m. The government predicts that 7,300 UK organizations will be affected by ESOS.


ESOS can help you to:

  • Reduce energy consumption - early estimates indicate that audits will lead to an average of 0.7% energy saving per enterprise
  • Save costs - the net positive benefit to the UK of ESOS is predicted to be between £0.8bn and £3bn between 2015 and 2030
  • Lower carbon emissions

Complying to ESOS

As the world’s leading international standards organization, BSI standards can help you meet the requirements of the Directive.

Organizations are required to review their total energy use and energy efficiency and identify cost-effective energy savings opportunities. This can be done by undertaking an energy audit or implementing identified schemes such as certification to ISO 50001.


Energy audits

An energy audit is a survey of energy use across an organization, looking at all aspects of energy use, from the scheduling of machinery to the efficiency of lighting.

BSI’s standard BS EN 16247-1 Energy audits can be used to ensure that your energy audit is of a good standard and gives results that you can implement at the your own pace. Recommended in the ESOS guidance, this standard outlines the requirement for carrying out an energy audit and is suitable for all types of organizations.

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Energy Audits - The Key to Delivering Real Energy Reductions
can help you undertake an energy audit in your organization that will help it use energy more efficiently. This excellent new book will

  • Describe how an energy audit works, including tips on how to ensure that it delivers insight and value
  • Gives guidance on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the UK's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, and how to meet their regulatory requirements
  • Explores the often neglected step of turning the audit's output into real savings, with advice on financing and implementing energy reduction projects

Sector-specific energy audit standards:


Energy management

If you are certified to ISO 50001 Energy Management then under the new scheme, you will be ESOS compliant.

As the world’s leading international standard outlining best practice energy management, ISO 50001 can help you achieve energy efficiency. It provides a structure to measure, monitor and audit energy usage. ISO 50001 will pave the way to improved performance, lower energy bills and reduced carbon emissions – all at the same time.

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Other useful BSI standard’s

PAS 51215 Energy Efficiency Assessment: Competence of a Lead Energy Assessor - Specification is a BSI standard created for the ESOS scheme that outlines the criteria for the person undertaking the energy audit.

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ISO 14001 Environmental Management System is not a direct route to compliance, however evaluating energy use as an environmental impact can create a significant step towards the completion of an energy audit. Under the scheme your organization can use its energy management information towards an energy audit. ISO 14001 is also a great base to work from to start to implement your ISO 50001 standard.

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