Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Compliance


ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is too complicated to detail here, but addresses  ‘large concerns’ defined below. Contact us if you would like us to email you the 83-page detailed document published by the UK Government.

If you as an organisation qualify by size you must comply with ESOS, and do so by staged compliance dates (Dec 2015, 2019, 2023 & 2028 – with qualification dates being one year earlier) or risk attracting fines of up to £90,000. We can advise and provide a site survey to establish what you need to do to comply. It needn’t be expensive. There are exceptions such as council and government-funded organisations, as outlined in the document:

‘You must take part in ESOS if your organisation qualifies as a large undertaking on the qualification date.

The qualification date for the first compliance period is 31 December 2014.

Any organisation that meets either one or both of the conditions below

1) it employs 250 or more people

2) it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489)

You also must take part in ESOS if your undertaking is part of a corporate group which includes another UK undertaking that meets either of these conditions. Where a corporate group participates in ESOS, unless otherwise agreed the highest UK parent will act as a ‘responsible undertaking’ and be responsible for ensuring the group as a whole complies. Read section 1.7 for more detail on corporate groups.

– The definition of a large undertaking includes an overseas (non UK registered) company with a UK registered establishment which has 250 or more UK employees1

The UK registered establishment of an overseas company will also need to take part in ESOS, regardless of its size, if any other part of its global corporate group activities in the UK meets the ESOS qualifying criteria.’