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DECC proposes energy audits all for large UK organisations in response to EU directive
All ‘large organisations’ in the UK are to undergo an energy audit by December 2015, under new plans revealed by the government.
In a recently-published consultation, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has proposed a new scheme — the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (or ‘ESOS’ for short).
This new scheme will form the government's approach to complying with a requirement in the EU energy efficiency directive that ‘all large organisations must have an energy audit by December 2015 and then not less than every four years thereafter’.
The scheme will apply to large organisations as defined by the Companies Act of 2006. If you are an SME, you won't qualify unless your parent company is a large organisation — see the decision tree below.
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We’ve put together a detailed guide on the ESOS consultation and how it will affect you. You can download the guide here.
We've already heard stories of companies being approached by ‘over-zealous’ salesman, offering them energy audits to comply with ESOS. Treat such salesmen with caution — the finer detail of what will be required in an ESOS assessment and who will be qualified to carry these out is not yet known.
If, however, you want to undergo an energy audit to improve the energy efficiency of your business and reduce costs, by all means engage a credible professional with a good track record to do this for you.