The Energy Institute has published a new briefing document which describes some of the key elements of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is the UK Government’s response to implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which mandates energy assessments for large organisations. The Energy Institute has published a free guide to understanding and complying with this new regulation.

Implementing energy efficiency is a win-win combination for organisations – saving them energy and money, while contributing to lowering carbon emissions.

It is hoped that ESOS will help promote the benefits of energy efficiency in the minds of senior management and kick-start a step change in the implementation of energy efficient measures in business.

Sarah Beacock FEI, skills and capability director, Energy Institute, said: “As the leading professional membership body for the energy sector, the EI’s role is to keep energy professionals up-to-date on new developments, particularly in energy policy. EI members have contributed to the development of ESOS, both through the policy consultation process and directly via the DECC’s Expert Advisory panel.”

The real value of an ESOS audit lies in the implementation of the identified energy saving measures. To do that requires experts with a broad range of skills, knowledge and experience that focus on delivering savings to clients. The Energy Institute can provide opportunities to develop skills, the knowledge and professionalism that go with it.

ESOS will apply to undertakings operating in the UK with 250+ employees, or with an annual turnover and balance sheet of €50m and €43m respectively. Participants will identify and audit their significant energy consumption and submit a notification to the Environment Agency. Assessments must be signed off by a board-level director and penalties will be issued for non-compliance.