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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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".

ESOS: the proof of the audit is in the saving

If anyone needs convincing of the value of ESOS, we have the evidence. Over the course of the first tranche of ESOS compliance, we worked with a number of organisations and identified hundreds of energy-saving opportunities, the potential value of which was millions of pounds of savings.

Finding your energy saving 'Opportunity'

Are you one of 5,948 organisations that hit the ESOS deadline? Perhaps you're one of the 1,000 that have told the Environment Agency you intend to comply. Or (heaven forbid) you're one of the 3,000 still in the dark.

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?

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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.

A Guide to Implementing Energy Savings Opportunities

Undertaking ESOS audits is intended to help businesses to identify opportunities to save energy – DECC analysis suggests that businesses could save over £250m (and 3TWh of energy) per year if they achieve just 5% of the cost-effective energy efficiency potential that audits should identify for buildings and industrial processes and modest savings on their transport energy consumption.

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The Paris agreement is important. But, it's just as important to note those elements that were dropped. Just how important Paris is, though, will be judged on what happens next.

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.

What's next for ESOS?

Tomorrow is deadline day for ESOS. If you've followed government instructions you'll have a Lead Assessor in situ and will have completed most of your audits, ready for self-certification by the end of January. Those that didn't get started in time have some grace - as long as they've notified the Environment Agency (EA) of their intention to comply. That notification needs to reach the EA tomorrow at the very latest. But what happens after that - and will it cut energy consumption?

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.


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