There are many key dates and legislations that are now in place to encourage businesses to be move environmentally aware, all of which will work towards to the UK becoming net zero carbon by 2050 in line with the government target.

Government legislations relating to green credentials

ESOS (Now being usurped by SERC, see below) 

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was brought in to help the UK cut carbon emissions, the scheme is relevant to large UK based businesses as an incentive to implement energy reduction measures.  ESOS requires specific businesses to carry out annual energy audits and take on board recommendations to reduce energy usage and improve energy efficiency. Many clients don’t realise there is a shortcut to becoming ESOS compliant via ISO 50001 by installing BEMS units to their properties.

Organisations will be in scope where the below criteria is reached:

  • 250 employees or more
  • An annual turnover greater than £44,845,000
  • An annual balance sheet greater than £38,566,700

ISO 50001

The ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems, at Climate these are phrased as BEMS, can help your organisation improve its energy efficiency.

As well as saving you money by reducing energy consumption, it will also help you reduce your carbon footprint. This in turn can enhance your brand with customers, employees and other stakeholders.

The ISO 50001 standard can help your business improve its business processes, use resources more efficiently and save money by cutting your energy consumption and carbon emissions. The standard is suitable for all businesses in the private and public sector from sole traders to multinational organisations.

SECR (Streamline Energy & Carbon Reporting) 

The objectives of SECR is to reduce the administrative strains of businesses whilst also motivating them to cut their carbon emissions in turn reducing energy bills through energy efficiency initiatives. Organisations will be required to report annually their electricity, gas and transport usages along with any other energy efficiency actions. 

Organisations will be in scope where two or more of the following criteria are reached:

  • More than 250 employees
  • Annual turnover greater than £36m
  • Annual balance sheet total greater than £18m


For more information on the SECR Scheme, please see the below GOV.UK document.