SGS Issues Update on Proposed Energy Audit Legislation ESOS

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Legislation requiring large enterprises to carry out energy audits by the end of 2015 is expected to be finalised this month. The DECC has confirmed that ministerial approval has been received.

Legislation requiring large enterprises to carry out energy audits by the end of 2015 is expected to be finalised this month, according to SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change has issued a statement saying that ministerial approval has been received and steps are in place which “will allow us to lay regulations in Parliament and formally publish our Government Response. We are aiming to do this, as well as publish guidance for scheme participants, by the end of June.”

This legislation, addressing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, known as the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), is due to affect large enterprises which are defined as: Those that have 250 employees or more; and an annual turnover of €50 million or an annual balance sheet total exceeding €43 million. It is estimated that over 7,000 companies will be affected by ESOS.

Charities will also be included in the scheme if they fall within the large enterprise criteria, although the Public Sector will not be affected at this time.

The proposed legislation includes the requirement for Energy Audits to be undertaken by 5 December 2015, and then at least every four years from the date of the previous audit. ESOS will apply to an organisation’s total energy usage and energy efficiency, from all areas of the business.

SGS has spent many years helping organisations to meet increasingly stringent compliance requirements and to continuously improve their energy performance through provision of ISO 50001 certification, the internationally recognised standard for energy management systems. SGS offers advice at http://www.sgs.co.uk/energy-management. Interested parties can also call 0800 900 094, email uk.nowisthetime(at)sgs(dot)com, or subscribe to the SGS e-newsletter at http://www.sgs.co.uk/subscribe for more information.

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