Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—administration, enforcement and appeals
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—administration, enforcement and appeals

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—administration, enforcement and appeals
  • Brexit impact
  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
  • Compliance periods
  • Scheme administrator
  • Compliance bodies
  • Enforcement
  • Appeals
  • Developments

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

ESOS is an energy assessment and energy savings scheme. It is mandatory for organisations that meet the qualification criteria, ie large undertakings and their corporate groups. It derives from the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, art 8, which requires EU Member States to ensure that enterprises that are not small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are subject to an energy audit carried out at least every four years.

The requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive, art 8 have been implemented in the UK through the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014, SI 2014/1643 (ESOS Regulations). The ESOS Regulations were made on 24 June 2014 and came into force on 17 July 2014. From 26 October 2015, minor amendments are made to the regulations by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/1731 and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment)(EU Exit) Regulations 2018, SI 2018/1342.

Organisations that