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Gov publishes new ESOS guidance in response to feedback

New practical guidance on approaches to audits for the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been published in response to business feedback from a number of roadshows during 2014.

New practical guidance on approaches to audits for the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been published in response to business feedback from a number of roadshows during 2014.

Under ESOS, all large businesses in the UK must carry out audits of their energy consumption every four years, with the first assessment due by 5 December 2015.

As part of a broader outreach programme, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) hosted four roadshows in Durham, Bristol, Manchester and London during Autumn 2014. 

ESOS Roadshows

The roadshows aimed to gather feedback from businesses about the scheme and the wider energy efficiency policy landscape, as well as build awareness of the benefits of implementing the energy efficiency opportunities that may be identified during ESOS audits. 

DECC estimates that if participants in the scheme reduce their energy consumption by an average of just 0.7 per cent, this would reduce their total energy bills by over £250 million per year.

DECC has produced summary reports from each roadshow to highlight and respond to the concerns raised by delegates.

Around 120 delegates attended the Manchester roadshow, which included expert speakers from ENWORKS, the Business Growth Hub, the University of Manchester and the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

New guidance

As there are a number of different ways to ensure compliance with ESOS – including direct audits, Display Energy Certificates and ISO 50001 – several delegates called for further practical guidance on how to ensure compliance in the most cost effective way possible.

In response, the Government has published a new guide, Approaches to ESOS Audits.

The guide provides best practice advice for businesses that may be newer to energy auditing on how to exploit the ESOS framework to maximise cost saving benefits, using illustrative examples of the different routes that can be taken to ensure compliance.