ESOS (Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme): An opportunity for your
business, or a severe penalty – ACI Reports lead the way as
Lead Assessors or Building Surveyors.
ACI Reports can analyse your commitments and
provide a low cost solution.
What is the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)?
ESOS is new piece of
EU Legislation which requires Member States to introduce a
mandatory programme of energy audits for ‘large
This means over 9000 of Britain’s
biggest companies will be required to comply – with
audits to be undertaken by December 2015.
Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) requires all large
UK businesses to assess their energy consumption on a four
year cycle from 5 December 2014. The latest guidance was
issued in September 2014. Some will see this as just a cost – ACI Reports
already survey over 100 Commercial Buildings each week, and
have the staff in place to complete the building survey
element of the ESOS requirement; for Operators of large
numbers of buildings this is the biggest cost area.
ESOS requires mandatory energy assessment and energy saving
identification for all large undertakings and their
corporate groups with 250+ employees or an annual turnover
of €50m (approx. £40m) and an annual balance sheet of €43m
(approx. £34m). Obligated businesses will have to measure
all energy consumption and determine areas of significant
energy use (90% of spend/use) whilst considering the
implementation of systems and to ensure compliance and
reporting to the Environment Agency. This will all be
determined by your Lead Assessor which ACI Reports can
Whatever is thought of the scheme, you must comply.
Businesses need to act
now – It is essentual to start planning now.
There is only 12 months to
complete the first phase of surveys and reporting, which
need to be lodged by December 2015, or significant fines
follow, and these rise by the day.
When Do I Need To Act?
The date for assessing if your business fits the
qualifying criteria is 31 December 2014. Compliance with
ESOS is then expected by 5th December 2015, so in order to
minimise business risk, your Organisation should be thinking
about this legislation now, and start survey work early in
If we ignore the scheme
what are the consequences?
September 2014 the Environment Agency published its latest
guide on fines, and they will be as follows;
The December 2015 deadline for submitting the Audits;
don’t meet this and it’s a £50,000.00 fine plus
£500.00 per day for each day of non-compliance up to
Total fines could therefore
amount to £90,000.00 and then the Environment Agency
may take additional action.
The Environment Agency have disclosed that they will
display the details of non-compliant Companies, and the
fines, on their website.
Where do I start?
ACI Reports have taken the mystery out of ESOS, it’s not
hard to comply, but actions are necessary straight away.
All you need is;
DEC qualified surveyors who can provide consistent
willing Energy Department to supply data.
A fully considered sampling approach appropriate to your
ACI Reports have the necessary staff, working
How can I comply with ESOS?
Organisations are required to review the total energy
use and energy efficiency of the organization and
identify cost-effective energy savings opportunities by
undertaking an energy audit.
The various routes to compliance:
ISO 50001 (Energy
Management System) certification is a direct route
to ESOS compliance. If you have ISO 50001
certification you will be considered to have met the
obligations of the ESOS scheme; if not, this is an
ISO 14001 (Environmental
Management System) certification is not a direct
route to compliance, however evaluating energy use
as an environmental impact provides a good starting
point for organizations. It is also a great base to
work from to gain ISO 50001 (energy management)
certification, an expensive route to ESOS.
Undertake Green Deal
Assessments or DECs on all buildings. ACI Reports
advocate ESOS DECs
You can use BS EN 16247-1
(Energy audits) on buildings as part of ESOS; more
expensive than ESOS DECs, the ACI Reports chosen
Maximise payback and
reduce the cost of your scheme.
may be viewed as yet another level of time-intensive and
costly enviro-compliance on top of the existing Carbon
Reduction Commitment, Mandatory Carbon Reporting and Climate
Change Levy. ACI Reports recognise that most clients seek
low cost solutions, the large Clients that this Legislation
affects already have Energy Managers, ESOS is just another
tool for them to use.
Our existing independent team
will organise all necessary building surveys for ESOS and
either work with the Clients own Lead Assessor, or we will
complete the whole process.
ESOS is here: We’re already in Phase 1, get Registered.
It’s mandatory: If ESOS applies to you, you’ve got to
Investment is minimal: Typical audits cost just a
fraction of energy spend, ACI Reports have a low cost
building survey and sampling solution.
Act quickly: You must register by December 2014 to avoid
the fines starting, and then get going with your
programme, you only have 12 months.
Avoid the fines: - for not registering
it will cost £5,000 in December 2015,
plus £500 per day, then an additional £50,000 in the
same month plus £500 per day for not complying.
Maximum ROI: Implement the improvements we recommend and
recover the initial outlay, but you can sort that out
later, the important thing is to hit the required dates.
Facts About The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme
The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits
to the UK.
Energy audit data collated since December 2011 for other
schemes such as the Carbon Trust Standard, DECs and
Green Deal Assessments, could be eligible to be used as
part of your ESOS energy audit.
ESOS energy audits must be carried out by, or
overseen/approved by a recognised Lead Assessor (ACI
Reports have Lead Assessors or you can use your own In
ESOS will consider an Organisation’s entire energy usage
including energy use per employee, buildings, transport,
industrial and commercial processes.
For large property portfolio operators and owners, 90%
of buildings may need to be surveyed, and possibly 100%.
- ACI Reports ESOS surveyors can do this work.
will be necessary to undertake a new assessment every
four years, but the first one needs to be complete by
The Environment Agency will be the Energy Savings
Opportunity Scheme Administrator for the United Kingdom.
The Environment Agency will issue its final Technical
Document (TM) on how to deal with precise detail during the
latter part of 2014; ACI Reports will advise further.
Fines have now been finalised, and they are severe.
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.
Why ACI Reports? – The
largest producer of TM44 reports in the UK, EPC and DEC
With a wealth of
experience of energy efficiency, ACI Reports has a leading
track record of delivering advice on how to undertake
compliance reporting at low cost, utilising existing teams
of surveyors who already provide EPBD advice, audits and
assessments. We are acknowledged experts in compliance
reporting and our accredited professionals can deliver ESOS
energy audits or DECS to assist you with meeting compliance.
ACI Reports can help with carrying out a Gap Analysis’
to identify what information is already available and what
(if any) further information you may need to comply. We can
also help you look at the options and pinpoint the best
route to compliance.
Importantly, one of the
largest costs of ESOS will be surveying buildings, this is
where ACI Reports lead in the UK. We have Lead Assessors,
but recognise that Clients may wish to keep this role
“in-house”, which is fine by us. We can therefore provide a
seamless solution or become part of your team, providing low
cost ESOS compliant building surveys. ACI Reports have
developed bespoke sampling software for buildings; this
software follows DEC methodology and is approved for ESOS.
It is most likely that you are already measuring and
reporting on your energy consumption under existing
Government policies, we can support you by advising on which
existing schemes are deemed to be compliant with ESOS. What
new and/or additional measures you need to consider and,
most importantly, how you can benefit from ESOS and take
advantage of the energy efficiency measures identified.
Contact ACI Reports ESOS
Chris Rodgers is leading this
initiative and will provide unbiased straightforward advice.
Contact; Chris on 01695 550 657 or
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