More than 7,000 UK businesses should start preparing for new rules on energy use reporting contained in the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), full details of which are due to be announced in June, warns global supply chain risk management firm Achilles.
The UK’s response to a new energy efficiency directive from the European Union, ESOS requires any company with more than 250 employees, a turnover of more than £41.5 million or an annual balance sheet total of more than £35 million to produce detailed
reports on their energy use or be fined.
The European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive came into force in December 2012. It was agreed businesses affected would have to carry out energy audits within three years – with a deadline of December 2015.
Public sector organisations are exempt because they will have to comply with separate government procurement rules that require them to ensure that at least 3% of their floor areas are renovated each year to meet minimum energy performance requirements.
Achilles runs the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS), used by hundreds of companies to measure their energy use and emissions and to help them meet ISO accreditations.