Research and analysis

Business awareness and uptake of energy audits research

Findings from surveys of small to medium-sized enterprises and organisations in scope of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Documents

Business awareness and uptake of energy audits report: Executive summary

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Business awareness and uptake of energy audits: Main report

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Technical report

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Data tables – Non-SMEs

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Data tables – SMEs

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Details

This research presents results from telephone surveys of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs, those with fewer than 250 employees) and separate surveys of organisations meeting the size or turnover criteria for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which are mainly non-SMEs.

The aim of the research was to:

  • understand awareness and attitudes towards ESOS, before and during the first compliance period (ending 5 December 2015)
  • monitor the uptake of energy audits for ESOS and more generally in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger organisations (non-SMEs)
  • understand the attitudes towards and experiences of energy efficiency in business, providing context for the uptake of audits.

Data was collected for this work via 2 strands – research among non-SMEs (601 interviews) and research among SMEs (1,346 interviews), with interviewing taking place between September 2014 and January 2016. Full details of the methodology are provided in the technical report.

This study comprises a main report, accompanied by an executive summary, technical report and data tables for results for SMEs and non-SMEs.

This report was commissioned under DECC, which merged with the Department for Business in July 2016 to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Published 12 October 2017