According to the industry press (The Energyst – July 2015) only 57 of around 14,000 organisations that are required to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme have registered their compliance...and there are only 4 months to go to the 5th December deadline.

Apologies to those who know everything there is to know about ESOS but for the purpose of this exercise we’ll assume that there are still organisations out there who have been in hiding for the last 12 months or who have maybe…just maybe missed all the hype surrounding ESOS.

In this first of five posts we will quickly reflect on what exactly ESOS is and where it came from!

It Starts...........On the 2nd May 2007 when the Council of the European Union published the Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council (8/9 March 2007) which concluded that there needed to be an increase in energy efficiency in the Union in order to achieve the objective of saving 20% of the Union’ s primary energy consumption by 2020.

It stated that; “The European Council underlines the vital importance of achieving the strategic objective of limiting the global average temperature increase to not more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels” and “an integrated approach to climate and energy policy is needed to realise this objective.”

Fast forward through several European Council conclusions and resolutions.……and we arrive at Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). It was decided that EU countries were required to transpose the Directive's provisions into their national laws by 5 June 2014 and from this the UK Government’s approach was to implement ESOS.

The UK’s ESOS scheme applies to “large undertakings” that employs 250 or more people, or has an annual turnover in excess of £38,937,777, and an annual balance sheet total in excess of £33,486,489. The scheme requires these “large undertakings” to produce detailed reports on their energy use and efficiency of their buildings, transport & processes.

So the question is “Has anybody not heard about ESOS?”

Well, contrary to earlier indications from other surveys compiled by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, research now suggests that in June 2015, 89% businesses had heard of ESOS.

But is having heard about ESOS enough?

If you are in the scope of ESOS but are not taking steps to comply.........what next?

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