ESOS is a compulsory programme of regular energy audits for ‘large enterprises’ that must be undertaken by December 5 2015 under the UK Government’s compliance with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive 2012
Those required to participate will be all enterprises with at least 250 employees and either
an annual turnover of at least €50 million (£42 million), or an annual balance sheet total of at least €43 million (£35 million).
Energy audits are to be conducted by approved assessors every 4 years
The audit will assess the organisational energy intensity ratio (e.g. kWh/employee FTE) and the variation in energy use over time within key buildings and operations
To achieve compliance, businesses will have to gather the necessary data, undertake the assessment and maintain records of the results
Penalties will be put in place for non-compliance
Those with an Environmental Management System certified by ISO50001 which includes the energy intensity ratio data will be considered ESOS compliant and not required to implement specific ESOS audits
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