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The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Pump System Audits

1/02/2015

The British Pump Manufacturers' Association (BPMA) says that big businesses are paying for five power stations worth of electricity each year they don't need. However even reducing their energy consumption by 1 per cent could save over £250 million on their energy bills annually.

The new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), launching in December, will help large organisations cut their electricity use with a detailed energy audit.

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for all large organisations - including businesses, charities and universities - in the UK. We estimate this includes around 9,400 organisations.

Through ESOS all large organisations that employ at least 250 people, or have an annual turnover of above around £40 million and a balance sheet above around £34 million, must carry out energy audits every 4 years with the first assessment due by 5 December 2015. The audits will provide them with high-quality information about how they can improve their energy efficiency and ultimately save money on their energy bills.

Qualifying organisations must carry out energy audits every 4 years, Government established ESOS to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. In line with the Directive, the scheme does not apply to the public sector.

Find out more details about ESOS at www.gov.uk/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos.  The Department of Energy and Climate Change will review the ESOS policy in 2016.

And do not forget Guidance has also been published to help potential participants in the scheme understand their obligations and on page 43 of the full ESOS guidance document you will see that the ISO/14414-Pump System Energy Assessment standard is referenced as an auditing methodology that can be accepted by "Lead Assessors" approved by the Environment Agency. Accordingly it is hoped BPMA CPSA accredited persons (who are trained according to the IS0 14414 standard) will be recommended by Lead Assessors to undertake the pumping system elements of company energy audits.

And bear in mind:-

  • Pumps are the largest consumers of global motive power
  • Pumping System improvements can deliver up to 40% reduction in energy costs - and therefore improve user bottom line P&L account performance
  • The fact that BPMA's CPSA scheme has been designed to help by equipping people with the skills to conduct a Pumping System Audit in accordance with ISO/14414

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