New ESOS guide for manufacturers launched

A new guide to help manufacturers comply with the Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been published. The ESOS scheme requires all companies with more than 250 employees or […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new guide to help manufacturers comply with the Government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has been published.

The ESOS scheme requires all companies with more than 250 employees or more than £50 million of revenue to complete a detailed energy audit at least once every four years.

The first audits have to be completed by 5th December this year.

The free guide launched by manufacturers’ trade body EEF explains who qualifies and what is required. It offers detailed advice on what businesses have to do to ensure they are in line with the regulations as well as take advantage of the energy cost savings.

The news follows a recent poll which found nearly half (49%) of British manufacturers aren’t aware of the ESOS scheme.

According to EEF, around a third of manufacturers will have to comply with the mandatory energy audit.

Gareth Stace, Head of Climate and Environment Policy at EEF said: “For the many manufacturers that have already taken significant steps to improve energy efficiency, ESOS can be viewed as a ‘stock taking exercise’, ensuring that momentum is maintained and new measures are highlighted and taken when possible.

“For others, the scheme will provide the impetus to map out an energy efficiency strategy from scratch, highlighting the most cost-effective measures to be taken and where considerable savings can be made.”

According to DECC, big businesses are potentially wasting around £2.8 billion a year on electricity they don’t need.