Complying with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme v.05
This guidance is published by the Environment Agency as the UK scheme administrator for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, on behalf of all the UK regulators which are:
•Environment Agency for organisations whose registered office is in England.
•Natural Resources Wales for organisations whose registered office is in Wales.
•Northern Ireland Environment Agency for organisations whose registered office is in Northern Ireland.
•Scottish Environment Protection Agency for organisations whose registered office is in Scotland.
•Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for organisations whose activities consist wholly or mainly of offshore activities.
The Environment Agency, as scheme administrator is responsible for guidance, communications, helpdesk and collection of notifications of compliance throughout the UK. The regulators are individually responsible for checking compliance and enforcement activities in relation to qualifying participants.
The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment and energy saving scheme and is established by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014 (ESOS Regulations). The scheme applies to large undertakings and groups containing large undertakings in the UK. An undertaking, as defined in the Companies Act 2006, is:
•a corporate body or partnership
•an unincorporated association carrying on a trade or business, with or without a view to profit.
The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings. If after reading this guide you are still unsure about particular aspects of how to comply with ESOS then you should contact the Environment Agency ESOS help desk: ESOS@environment-agency.gov.uk.