The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a government directive that began in 2014. It is mandatory for certain businesses, to ensure they are making all efforts to increase their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
The Environment Agency is the scheme’s UK administrator and requires businesses to record and report on their energy consumption. This is split into Phases 1-4, with 1 and 2 having already having been completed and Phase 3 coming to an end in 2023.
Phase 3 began on 7th December 2019, with the 31st December 2022 being the last day to qualify. Originally, December 2023 was the final date for compliance, but the scheme has now been extended and Phase 4 added.
The criteria for Phase 4 is similar to Phase 3. Businesses must be based in the UK, have more than 250 employees or have an annual turnover of £44 million. The Phase 4 compliance period will begin on 6th December 2023, with the qualification date of 31st December 2026 and final compliance date on 5th December 2027.
A larger focus will be on reducing carbon emissions and the strategies needed. The ESOS assessor you are using must have more experience that the average employee in carrying out energy audits. Also, ensure that you employ someone who has knowledge on carbon reduction.
Some changes that come with ESOS Phase 4 include:
To comply with ESOS Phase 4, you must:
As a business, you are responsible for reporting your energy usage through ESOS. Volta Compliance has expertise in assisting customers with every element of assessment. Our dedicated team of electricians are on hand to carry out your energy audits and will even create a helpful strategy to ensure recommendations are implemented.
To get the ball rolling, call our friendly team today on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected].