Are you compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme?

ESOS was introduced by the government to improve energy performance and meet the requirements of EU legislation. ESOS compliance is now mandatory for many UK organisations. There are many different routes to ESOS compliance. As the scheme is new, you may not know the best compliance route for your organisation. We can help you find out.

ESOS Energy Audits

Your organisation can ensure compliance with ESOS by carrying out mandatory audits every four years. These energy audits must follow ESOS regulations and the principles described in the international standard ISO 50001. They help you to assess the energy used by your buildings, processes and transport, enabling you to identify cost effective energy saving measures. After each assessment, you will need to notify the Environment Agency, by a set deadline, that you have complied with your ESOS obligations.

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Accredited ISO 50001 Certification

To ensure long-term savings, consider achieving ESOS compliance through ISO 50001 certification. This not only requires an energy review, but also an energy policy, objectives, targets, action plans, and awareness and training programme. As it is based on an international standard, ISO 50001 certification is recognised around the world. ISO 50001 can also be integrated with other existing management systems standards such as ISO 90001 and ISO 14001.

Independent Verification

To ensure that your ESOS Assessment complies with regulatory requirements, it must be delivered or verified by an ESOS Lead Assessor. The only exception to this rule is for organisations that have achieved accredited ISO 50001 certification for their energy management system, covering 100% of its energy consumption.

If you opt to have your energy audit performed by a non-recognised energy assessor, such as your own internal team, or if your ISO 50001 management system does not cover 100% of your energy consumption, you will need to follow the ESOS Lead Assessor verification process. This means verifying that your ESOS assessment scope covers at least 90% of your organisation’s energy consumption and that the energy audit conforms with the requirements set out in the ESOS regulations.

What we offer

We provide the two major compliance routes, ESOS energy audits and ISO 50001 certification, as well as a broad range of energy and carbon related services, so you can benefit from reduced costs and jointly delivered services such as:

  • Integrated ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 audits
  • ESOS energy audits and GHG emissions verification (including EU-ETS verification and CDP Verification)

Why SGS?

We have an extensive knowledge of ESOS requirements, and a team of assessors distributed across the country, with experience in a variety of industries. Each assessor has suitable qualifications and is recognised by the Environment Agency to perform ESOS audits.

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SGS and the EMA

SGS has become a Corporate Patron of the Energy Managers Association (EMA). Through this formal alignment, SGS and the EMA aim to work together to raise the profile of energy management throughout the business world.

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