The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is currently running a consultation process to seek views on government proposals to update and improve the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).
BEIS hopes to strengthen and increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures in a variety of ways, whilst also incorporating some net-zero targeting within ESOS, and has asked for feedback from eligible companies.
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The closing date is 28 September 2021.
Among the points of discussion are:
- Improved energy auditing
- The quality of training of assessors and access to ESOS expertise
- The net-zero challenge
- The transparency of the reporting process
- Extending the scheme to a wider range of businesses
- Increasing uptake by making action mandatory
Subject to feedback, the government would like to introduce legislation addressing the first four points as soon as possible. ESOS is currently in Phase 3, and UK businesses have until December 2023 to comply.
The proposals to extend the scheme to more businesses and possibly make action mandatory will be considered for implementation, again subject to the findings of the consultation, for ESOS Phase 4 (compliance year 2027).
How to respond
Respond online at: beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/energy-efficiency/strengthening-energysavings-opportunity-scheme or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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