24 January 2023
Whilst ESOS (the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is a mandatory exercise for qualifying organisations, the clue is in the name – it is a significant opportunity for valuable improvements in energy efficiency and a useful route to reducing your energy consumption. For most organisations finding ways to reduce consumption has never been more important and for some it may make the difference between survival or not.
Those organisations that do not simply view ESOS as a mandatory tick box exercise, but rather as a brimming opportunity for improvement are seeing the true value of the scheme.
We are currently well into phase 3 of ESOS, which ends on 5th Dec 2023. This means that the final opportunity to begin a 12-month data reference period was at the beginning of Dec 2022. So, your organisation should at least be in data-gathering mode, but many will already have visibility of your site audits conducted by a qualified energy professional.
The data within your audit report will allow you to clearly analyse your consumption and understand your organisation’s energy efficiency performance. These reports present tailored and cost-effective recommendations which can then be actioned to help mitigate cost rises. The greater insight provided will enable organisations to bolster strategies, equip relevant teams with appropriate knowledge and maximise benefits. Whilst you will be wanting to review your current report, we would also encourage you to look back at your previous ESOS Phase 2 report – the payback periods on potential projects will probably have dramatically improved as a result of the increase in energy prices.
Most organisations now have a carbon net-zero agenda, and the pathway to net zero can often require investment. Saving energy by increasing efficiency, can therefore be both a fundamental pillar in delivering against your net-zero objectives but also help to fund the necessary projects to reduce your carbon footprint.
Taking action will allow your organisation to reap the rewards of energy optimisation, including broader benefits such as:
There is no argument that it just makes good economic and environmental sense to carefully analyse your report and plan to implement the efficiency measures identified.
We have guided nearly 500 organisations through ESOS Phase 1 & 2 – achieving a 100% success rate in Environmental Agency compliance and quality checks. We have also completed more than 1,500 site audits.
Many of our Phase 3 clients are already implementing the opportunities identified in the site audits we have conducted over the past 6 months.
To find out more about how one of our experts can support with your sustainability and decarbonisation plans, contact our team today on 08451 46 36 26.