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Final spaces for Government ESOS event in Manchester

A one-day event in Manchester on 18 November will outline the benefits of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme to both affected businesses and those in the energy efficiency supply chain.

A one-day event in Manchester on 18 November will outline the benefits of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to both affected businesses and those in the energy efficiency supply chain.

The free event, which is being delivered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in association with the University of Manchester and the Business Growth Hub, will bring together leading government officials and local experts to provide a comprehensive policy briefing on what ESOS means for businesses.

Attendees will also be able to hear from leading organisations on how to improve energy efficiency and learn about local initiatives and expertise in Greater Manchester, and will have an opportunity to provide feedback to DECC on how future government policies should be developed.

ESOS

ESOS is a mandatory regulation for all large organisations with over 250 employees, requiring them to audit their energy usage and identify savings opportunities by December 2015, and then every four years going forwards.

Beyond the obligations for large companies, ESOS is also highly relevant for smaller businesses in the energy efficiency supply chain.

Supply chain opportunities

The Government estimates that even if only six per cent of energy saving opportunities identified are implemented, ESOS will still provide a net benefit to the economy of £1.6 billion between 2015 and 2030.

On average, businesses that implement opportunities identified in ESOS audits are estimated to invest £15,000 per year in energy efficiency measures, creating significant opportunity for businesses in the supply chain.

Skills gap

There is also a substantial upskilling opportunity for energy efficiency assessors, with concerns arising over the number of auditors currently able to lead ESOS assessments.

From the 11 organisations qualified to provide ESOS assessors, the Environment Agency has confirmed that there are currently only 112 auditors able to undertake assessments. 

The agency hopes that there will be 1,500 assessors by this time next year.

To request a place at the event, or to find more information, click here