Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—how does ESOS interact with other energy regimes and climate policies?
Produced in partnership with Shoosmiths LLP
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—how does ESOS interact with other energy regimes and climate policies?

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Shoosmiths LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)—how does ESOS interact with other energy regimes and climate policies?
  • Brexit impact
  • The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
  • Interaction with other carbon reduction and/or energy efficiency schemes
  • CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme
  • Climate change agreements
  • EU Emissions trading system
  • Mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reporting
  • Environmental Permitting Regulations/Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Voluntary schemes
  • more

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.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

ESOS is an energy assessment and energy savings scheme. It is mandatory for organisations that meet the qualification criteria. It derives from the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, art 8(4), 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(4) have been implemented in the UK through the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014, SI 2014/1643 (ESOS Regulations). Organisations that qualify must undertake an energy assessment and audit of their total energy consumption. The audit needs to be conducted or reviewed by a ‘lead assessor’, who must be a member of a professional body approved by the Environment Agency (EA), known as the scheme administrator.

There is no requirement to register for ESOS, but organisations that qualify