Energy saving opportunity scheme phase 2 of ESOS is currently in place. Moving forward companies need to start preparing for ESOS phase 3.
What is ESOS?
The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment and energy saving scheme that is mandatory for large UK organisations and corporate groups which meet certain qualifying criteria.
It was established to implement Article 8(4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). Businesses that qualify for ESOS need to carry out an ESOS assessment every 4 years; the assessments are audits of the energy used by your organisation’s buildings, industrial processes, transport and logistics.
In Scotland, ESOS is regulated by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
How to do it better this time round
Now that we are out of phase 2, we need to start preparing for phase 3. If you were uncertain about phase 2 and want to do better this time around think back to 2015-
- Did you pay too much for your ESOS compliance?
- Did you achieve good results and a number of project ideas?
- Were they well described, fully costed, were the savings defined?
- Did they cover a range of your processes?
- Did they cover a range of technologies?
- Have you made any savings since that work was undertaken and if not why not?
- Was that down to poor quality auditing in the first place or could it be that you don’t have capital to undertake these projects?
- Are there other barriers to implementation?
Use these insights to plan what you want to get from Phase 3 and stop yourself falling into the same risks.
What were the benefits of phase 2?
The benefits of implementing ESOS recommendations are clear, they can reduce the amount of carbon production and energy consumption which can result in outstanding financial and environmental rewards.
In 2015 many businesses failed to implement ESOS regulations. The scheme itself is meant to be an opportunity for saving energy and energy expenditure along with it, helping towards financial and environmental targets. It is hoped that Phase 2 will lead to a larger uptake in energy recommendations.
Make the most of ESOS phase 3, this investment will allow your business to reduce its emissions, comply with regulations and provide financial savings which boosts the opportunities that ESOS has to offer.
ESOS Phase 3
For ESOS (Phase 3) the qualification date is 31st December 2022. The four year compliance phase runs from 6th December 2019 until 5th December 2023. The compliance date for phase 2 is 5th December 2023.
Plan early for ESOS Phase 3
Planning early can ensure that you can make savings from efficiency opportunities while avoiding costly penalties.
What type of recommendations will be made under ESOS?
Recommendations will be tailored to your organisation and will highlight which will be the most advantageous and viable to your business. However, regular recommendations may include insulation, building controls and low-energy lighting.
How can eyebright help?
Eyebright work with a network of independent ESOS assessors ensuring that we get maximum value for our clients both from a cost perspective but also the most comprehensive and compliant reports.
Following the ESOS report eyebright work with all our clients on helping them act on the opportunities identified within the audit.
If you are unsure whether you qualify or need help with the implementation of the audit, please get in touch with us!
Contact our expert Energy Services team for more information on 0141 530 4152