ESOS launch energises new opportunities for members

3rd November 2014

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Karl Jones

With the October launch of the energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS), which requires eligible companies to undertake an energy assessment every four years, auditor members of IEMA can now become approved independent ESOS assessors.

IEMA is one of only 11 organisations, and one of only six professional bodies or associations, to be approved by Decc to operate an ESOS lead assessor register.

The Institute has been involved in the development of the scheme for more than a year and, now that it has launched, Full members who hold environmental auditor status and principal environmental auditors are eligible to join its new ESOS lead energy assessor register.

IEMA is now working with eligible (or potentially eligible) members with energy assessment experience to sign them up to the register so they can begin delivering assessments to organisations throughout the UK.

The scheme covers about 7,000 companies – those with more than 250 employees; or with an annual turnover exceeding £40 million; or a balance sheet exceeding £34 million.

IEMA’s acting head of professional standards, Claire Kirk, believes ESOS will open new doors for eligible members. “This will enable our members to add a new string to their bow,” she said.

“We have worked with Decc from the very early days of ESOS’s development to ensure members’ views were taken into account,” she added. “I’m delighted to see that this scheme has now launched and that IEMA is one of a select few organisations approved to run a lead energy assessor register. We’re already working with a number of members to enable them to successfully apply to join the new register.”

To support the scheme’s registration process, IEMA is developing a training course to ensure the Institute’s professional standards are met, and enable more members to achieve a place on the register.

Interested in joining the ESOS register?

If you are interested in joining IEMA’s energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS) lead energy assessor register e-mail and the Institute will contact you with further details on the application process and the training course as they become available.

Note that to be or to become eligible for IEMA’s ESOS register you need to be either:

  • a principal environmental auditor; or
  • a Full member and an environmental auditor.

If you want to join the register but do not yet have these professional recognitions IEMA recommends that you prioritise applying for these registrations first. If you are unsure, contact IEMA’s professional standards team who will be happy to advise you on the application requirements. Alternatively, visit

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