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Here at SGS United Kingdom Ltd, we have been eagerly awaiting news of the legislation for the UK addressing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, known as the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

5 June 2014 was the original expected due date for this legislation to be announced, as of today we have received the following update from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC);

 ‘The policy has now been finalised and has received ministerial approval. We are now going through the last administrative steps which will allow us to lay regulations in Parliament and formally publish our Government Response. We are aiming to do this, as well as publish guidance for scheme participants, by the end of June.’

As soon as we receive further information, this will be available via our e-newsletter at

The legislation is due to effect large enterprises that have 250 employees or more; and an annual turnover of €50 million or an annual balance sheet total exceeding €43 million.  It is estimated that over 7,000 companies will be affected by ESOS.

Charities will also be included in the scheme if they fall within the large enterprise criteria, however the Public Sector will not be affected at this time.

The proposed legislation includes an expectation for Energy Audits to start being carried out by 5 December 2015 and every four years thereafter.  ESOS will apply to an organisation’s total energy usage, from all areas of the business.

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