MPs demand tougher action on ESOS energy efficiency

Written by

Tim Greenhalgh

Posted on

July 22, 2019

MPs are urging the government to toughen up energy efficiency policy, including the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme to boost chances of meeting net zero targets.

The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) is a mandatory requirement for qualifying large organisations to carry out energy efficiency assessments once every four years. The audits are of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.

But evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee indicates that only 5% of organisations that need to carry out ESOS audits are actually acting in full on recommendations.

The committee’s MPs feel that there is a compelling need for the government to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority and that means ensuring full compliance with regulations.

The report also says:

“We are concerned that the Government has set targets for energy efficiency without having a clear grasp of how much public investment is required to meet them.”

The MPs are strident in their criticism of lack of progress, saying that “the government has failed to raise the salience of energy efficiency