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Energy and Carbon Reporting Schemes

Amanda Byrne

13th January 2023


There are increasing governmental and environmental pressures on businesses when it comes to their energy and utilities.

Is your business affected by ESOS and SECR?

If you are a relatively large, energy-intensive businesses in the UK or part of a larger group, it is highly likely that you will need to comply to one or both of the two main energy reporting schemes.

SECR - Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting

ESOS - Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

What's the difference?

At the most basic level, the difference between SECR and ESOS is what they measure; SECR focuses on a company's emissions, whereas ESOS examines energy use.

The compliance period and qualification dates are also different. SECR is an annual reporting scheme, whereas ESOS works on a four year basis with defined qualification and compliance dates. We are currently in ESOS Phase 3 with a compliance date of 5th December 2023. 

The table below highlights the main factors, differences, eligibility criteria and reporting requirements for both schemes.

ESOS and SECR summary

Need help with compliance?

Our energy and sustainability teams successfully manage both of these schemes for many businesses in the UK and Europe. 

With a sophisticated energy intelligence system to collate and interrogate your energy data and years of energy and sustainability expertise, Brownlow are well placed to help your business comply to these governmental schemes and the ongoing legislative challenges that will face businesses on journey to Net Zero.  

Why not BOOK A CALL and have a chat with one of our experts. Or give us a call on 01744 778530 (option 4).

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