Overview of ESOS
ESOS is a new Regulatory Energy Assessment that must be carried out by large scale organisations who meet the qualification criteria. Organisations are bound to have an Assessment of their energy consumption levels completed by Dec 2015, and then subsequently every 4 years thereafter to comply with the Regulations [i.e. new assessments by Dec 2015, Dec 2019, Dec 2023, [etc.]
An ESOS Assessment is an audit of an organisations energy demand and consumption including, industrial processes and transport to identify where [cost-effective] reduction measures can be made. The Environment Agency must be informed the first Assessment has been completed by Dec 2015 at the latest, and then during the 4-year periods that follow on.
The qualifying criteria
The qualifying criteria is for organisations that employ at least 250 people [or alternately] employ less than 250 people but have an annual turnover in excess of £38,937,777, and an annual balance sheet total of £33,486,489 or more.
A qualifying organisations must appoint a Lead Assessor to complete an ESOS Assessment prior to the Dec 2015 deadline. The Assessor will calculate at least 12 months of continuous energy data to identify the largest areas of consumption, and then put in place a plan of action to outline where energy efficiencies can be made and savings maximised.