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ESOS scheme failure warning

Recommendations to make the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) more effective and avoid failure have been published by the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA).

The study of energy efficiency suppliers indicated that the ESOS legislation for the top 10,000 UK companies could fail for avoidable reasons, including a lack of publicity to participants and improved collaboration between suppliers and participating organisations.

There is sufficient time left before the start of the scheme to make the necessary improvements, the study stated.

It found that the correct message needed to be communicated to participating executives and decision makers by energy efficiency solution providers.

Both parties have a common interest in improved levels of dialoge, the survey continued, which would deliver mutual benefits and avoid more onerous regulation that would result from the scheme’s failure.

The Market Opportunities created by the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme report was produced in association with Cambium and summarised the survey, which was carried out between 14 October and 16 November.

ESTA said that the findings covered the dynamics of the new energy efficiency market created by the ESOS scheme and its effect on the energy efficiency supply chain.

Director Robin Hale said: “All sides of the energy industry need to tackle the issue of boardroom apathy and to prove the advantages of a wider array of energy-saving measures. We will be using the Cambium research at our ESOS events for both consumers and service providers during 2015.”