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EXCLUSIVE: The Berkeley Group is defying a lack of green policy support for the construction industry by pledging to lead a new sustainability movement, after unveiling a landmark plan to become Britain's first carbon-positive housebuilder.

ESOS could be the final piece in the energy efficiency jigsaw for many businesses, but thousands are facing enforcement action for failure to comply with the scheme

QUIZ: How well do you know ESOS?

With the three-month grace period for compliance with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) now over, its clear that a number of businesses and energy managers are still yet to get to grips with the scheme and its potential benefits - are you one of them?

As of 15 April, 6,239 organisations had submitted notifications of ESOS compliance, with around 400 additional firms intending to comply

ESOS: Thousands of businesses face enforcement action as final deadline passes

EXCLUSIVE: Compliance rates for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) appear to have stalled at a critical time, with thousands of qualifying organisations still unaccounted for upon Friday's (29 April) ultimate deadline.

Register for edie Live on May 17-18 and book your free, expert advice clinics

Book your free expert advice clinics at edie Live

Visitors to edie Live are being given the chance to book free, one-to-one advice clinics to help them plan all aspects of their sustainability strategies.

Analysis of a sample of the ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust reveals an average reduction achievable through energy efficiency measures of around 20%

ESOS offers 20% reduction in business energy costs, Carbon Trust finds

The Government's initial estimates of the financial savings of its recently enforced Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) could be much lower than the actual savings being realised by qualifying organisations, according to a sample of ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust.

Analysis of a sample of the ESOS assessments undertaken by the Carbon Trust shows an average energy spend of around £1.8m

ESOS: what have we learned about the energy efficiency opportunities?

With the extended grace period for compliance with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) coming to an end, David Tobin, energy consultant at the Carbon Trust, provides an insight into the environmental and financial benefits that the Scheme offers to businesses across a variety of industries.

The 'Putting the O in ESOS – where’s the opportunity?' webinar will take place today (17 March) at 11am

Last chance to register for edie's ESOS webinar - TODAY at 11am

Join us at 11am today (17 March) for a free webinar exploring the business benefits of the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

'Putting the O in ESOS – where’s the opportunity?' - will take place this Thursday, 17 March at 11am

Where's the Opportunity? edie to host free ESOS webinar this week

Organisations that qualify for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) are being encouraged to tune into a free, live edie webinar this week, focusing on realising the 'Opportunity' of the Scheme.

Nando’s is currently exploring the potential use of food waste to power a selection of its UK restaurants

How Nando's is spicing up its on-site energy management

EXCLUSIVE: International restaurant chain Nando's is rolling out a number of on-site technology upgrades and innovative behaviour change methods, while exploring the possibility of food waste-powered restaurants, in a bid to take energy management in its UK sites "to the next level".

Any organisation covered by ESOS that submits a notification of compliance after 29 January risks ‘enforcement action’

ESOS: 40% of businesses non-compliant by deadline day

Less than 60% of the circa 10,000 businesses that qualify for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) were compliant by last Friday's extended deadline, the Environment Agency has today (1 February) confirmed.

The 10,000+ businesses affected by ESOS are facing total assessment costs estimated at £165m

ESOS deadline day: will another late compliance surge save the day?

Today (29 January) marks the revised deadline day for companies to be compliant with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). But with the Environment Agency remaining tight-lipped about compliance rates, speculation is rife that thousands of companies are still flouting the legislation.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The renewables revolution is now firmly underway in Asia. This week's sustainability news threw up some fascinating figures showing that China has consolidated its position as the planet's leading installer of solar power.

The deadline for compliance with the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme was extended to 29 January

ESOS compliance rate slows as deadline looms

EXCLUSIVE: The Environment Agency has received less than 250 new notifications of compliance from organisations that qualify for the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the space of a month, with just two weeks now remaining before the extended deadline.

The Government has calculated that if businesses covered by ESOS reduce their energy use by 0.7%, they will save around £250m each year

Late surge sees ESOS compliance hit 65%

A flurry of late submissions saw ESOS compliance rates rise to around two thirds of affected businesses, according to figures released Monday night by the Environment Agency.

Companies that fail to complete their audits face a basic fine of £50,000, plus £800 a day capped at a maximum of 80 days

ESOS: Compliance concerns grow as first deadline day passes

With the first ESOS deadline passing on Saturday (5 December) and latest official figures showing just 20% compliance rates, industry experts have raised more questions about the potential effectiveness of the legislation.

ESOS requires all 'large enterprises' to produce detailed reports on their energy use every four years

Environment Agency extends ESOS deadline

Businesses that fail to meet the December deadline to comply with the Government's new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) may be granted a reprieve until at least the end of January, the Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed.

The consultation was launched on 28 September and will conclude by 9 November, with the Government expected to publish its full response at the 2016 Budget

Treasury suggests scrapping Carbon Reduction Commitment

The UK Government has opened a consultation that aims to boost investment in energy efficiency by streamlining carbon reporting and tax requirements for businesses.

Luton Airport has introduced a variety of energy-saving initiatives, including LED lighting and PIR motion sensors

Luton Airport flying high with energy management standard

Luton airport has joined only a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally-recognised Energy Management Standard ISO50001.

ESOS requires companies to produce detailed reports on their energy use and efficiency every four years

ESOS: 99% of businesses still not compliant as deadline looms

The Environment Agency insists it is doing all it can to raise awareness of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite just 1% of affected companies submitting audits ahead of the impending deadline.

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On-site solutions will help manufacturers weather energy-price storm, says EEF

EXCLUSIVE: On-site solutions such as rooftop solar panels and anaerobic digestion (AD) will be vital tools for businesses looking to secure future energy supply and lower energy bills.

Just one in five businesses said they will implement the recommended energy savings measures regardless

Half of businesses expect ESOS to cost more than it saves

Almost half the businesses covered by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more money than they will save on energy bills, according to a new survey.

Gareth Williams reccommends using ISO50001 as a route to ESOS compliance

ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

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Co-op launches B2B green power business

The Co-operative Group has established a new business-to-business energy services arm known as Co-operative Power.

Currently, the cost of wholesale electricity currently makes up 65% of an energy bill, but this will drop to 49% by 2050

Environmental taxes will make up a third of business energy bills by 2050

EXCLUSIVE: The proportion of a business' energy bill that comes from the energy itself will drop below 50% by 2050, according to an expert speaker at Sustanability Live.

edie energy management survey: in numbers

EXCLUSIVE: edie's third annual energy management survey reveals what businesses are doing to become more energy-efficient, why they are doing it and how successfully it's being done.

With their more nimble approach to business, SMEs can make good progress on sustainability

Sustainable SMEs: small steps for big success

Andrew Shortis, managing director of the newfound Minimise Group, explains how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can emulate big-brand sustainability ambitions.

Eighty-two percent of our Energy Management Survey respondents had heard of ESOS, but only 39% have started to engage with a lead assessor

ESOS awareness on the rise, but energy managers remain sceptical

EXCLUSIVE: The majority of UK businesses are now aware of the impending Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), but the minority of affected businesses believe it will actually help them develop plans to become more energy-efficient.

The third annual exclusive edie energy management report will be presented at Sustainability Live 2015 on 21 April

edie energy management survey: Businesses 'more committed than ever'

EXCLUSIVE: Employee engagement, behaviour change and technology upgrades are the key areas businesses are focusing on to become more energy efficient, but funding remains the biggest barrier to initiating energy-saving programmes.

Sustainability Live visitors that complete a Topic Trail will qualify for a drink and be entered into a free prize draw to win a weekend break

Have a drink on edie... with our Sustainability Live Topic Trails

Four exciting new 'Topic Trails' are being launched at Sustainability Live 2015, allowing visitors to follow bespoke routes through the show based on key industry trends, with the chance to win a luxury holiday to boot.

Organisations that meet the qualification criteria must carry out an ESOS assessment and notify compliance by 5 December, 2015

ESOS compliance: Environment Agency steps up awareness efforts

The Environment Agency remains confident that business awareness of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is continuing to rise, as it releases new guidance and prepares to host a series of free compliance workshops ahead of the December deadline.

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Packed seminar programme answers 'how to' for energy and sustainability managers

A programme of 36 CPD-accredited seminars, three workshops and more than 120 speakers will answer the practical 'how-to' questions posed by energy and sustainability managers from organisations of all sizes and from all sectors at Sustainability Live 2015.

The EEF says the upcoming ESOS scheme will affect around a third of all UK manufacturers

New ESOS guide for manufacturers launched by EEF

EEF, the manufacturer's organisation, has today (29 January) published a free guide to help ease British manufacturers into the impending Energy Savings opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Decc estimates businesses could save more than £250m if they reduce energy consumption by less than 1% as a result of energy audits

Majority of businesses now aware of ESOS, says Decc

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (Decc) has insisted it is doing all it can to raise awareness of the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite more industry research suggesting businesses are still not informed enough.

Just 33% of businesses with more than 1000 employees are aware of the upcoming ESOS scheme

Two-thirds of big businesses still in the dark about ESOS

Ed Davey may well believe that the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) will accelerate the UK's green growth, but a new survey has revealed that just 33% of big businesses are aware of the impending energy efficiency regulation.

Ed Davey gave the keynote speech at the ESOS South East Roadshow in London

Ed Davey: ESOS regulation will accelerate UK's green growth

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has fended off criticism of the Government's impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), insisting that a regulatory approach to improving the nation's energy efficiency is the right one.

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Hurricane helps wind energy sector overtake nuclear

Wind power energy production in the UK overtook nuclear power-plants last week following Hurricane Gonzalo, prompting a major energy production milestone this quarter.

Edie explains: Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Improved energy efficiency could add £62bn to the UK economy according to a recent EU report, and ESOS is the UK Government's attempt to encourage best practice.

Members of the EI are now eligible to conduct ESOS audits

Energy Institute to provide first ESOS lead assessors

The Environment Agency has certified members of the energy professionals' body, the Energy Institute (EI), to conduct audits for companies looking to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

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What are the practical steps you need to take to ensure your company complies with the new Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)? Find out below.

10 things you need to know about ESOS

ESOS is the new government policy which calls for mandatory energy audits in the UK. Here are the 10 things you need to know.

PAS 51215 eases the uptake of energy efficiency assessments for large organisations

New PAS specification aids ESOS compliance

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has been sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to develop a new Publically Available Specification (PAS) to ease the uptake of energy efficiency assessments for businesses.

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