Energy Saving (ESOS)
A legal requirement obliges all large businesses to carry out energy efficiency checks on their businesses. It is known as the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) and it covers organisations with more than 250 employees or an annual turnover above €50m. They have to do an audit of their energy performance and report it every four years. TSI Scotland are accredited as Lead Assessors and produce ESOS reports for many of the businesses captured by this legislation.
All aspects of an organisation’s energy consumption are covered:-
- Buildings – heat, small power and light
- Process energy
- Manufacturing plant
- Transport – company vehicles, employee-owned vehicles on company business (the “grey fleet”)
- Transport – haulage vehicles, passenger vehicles
- Site construction plant
- Agricultural plant
- Managed energy for third parties
Organisations will often have multiple sites. Many of these are small regional offices or branches with very low energy consumption compared to the organisation’s total. The legislation recognises this and permits 10% of the total to be exempt from auditing, though it still has to be recorded.
The final ESOS audit report has to be signed off by an accredited Lead Assessor* and a director of the organisation. It is then formally confirmed to the regulator (SEPA in Scotland and the EA in England).
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
SECR is closely related to the ESOS legislation, in that the compliance limits and energy consumption to be audited (as listed above for ESOS above) are just the same. It has to be carried out every year however, and submitted as part of a company’s annual reporting reporting formalities.
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)*
Colin Porteous, Director of TSI Scotland is a corporate member of CIBSE and is nominated through the institution as a Low-Carbon Energy Assessor. This permits TSI to produce and sign off audit reports for both ESOS and SECR.
Please contact us by email or telephone: 07885 965188 for further information.
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