Complying with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

29 May 2015 Denise Copeland    Last updated: 29 May 2015

Charities, along with private companies, must comply with the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that has come into force.

Under the new regulations, an organisation (large enterprise) must carry out an energy efficient audit if it:

  • employs at least 250 people regardless of contracted hours or status (part-time employees will be included in this figure)
  • or 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)
  • or is part of a corporate group containing a large enterprise.

If your organisation falls into one of these categories then you would be advised to read the Environment Agency’s guidance  Complying with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme which details what is involved in an assessment and who can carry it out. It may be that your organisation needs to get an external energy assessor which may be an unforeseen expenditure that has not been budgeted for.    

The deadline for sumitting the notification of compliance to the Enviroment Agency is this December, non compliance may result in a substantial fine. 

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by Denise Copeland

Governance and Charity Advice Manager

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