3,000 Businesses and Organisations Fail to Comply with ESOS Deadlines
Latest reports suggest over 3,000 large businesses and organisations have not completed their ESOS assessments for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and are now likely to incur enforcement penalties from the Environment Agency. The deadline for confirming ESOS compliance was 5th December 2015.
Following a slow response and relatively poor initial uptake the Environment Agency announced a period of grace in October 2015, saying that organisations which confirmed they had completed their ESOS audits and assessments and had complied with the ESOS requirements by 29th January 2016 would be unlikely to be prosecuted.
Now this latest deadline has passed it has been estimated around 3,000 or more organisations have still not complied with the mandatory ESOS Scheme - and it appears many have not even started the ESOS process.
Jo Scully from the Environment Agency explains how many businesses and organisations have confirmed their ESOS compliance
A business or organisation classified as a large undertaking, meeting either one or both of the conditions :
- it employs 250 or more people
- it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489)
on the qualification date of 31 December 2014 have to comply with the first ESOS compliance period.
Examples of undertakings that can qualify for ESOS include limited companies, public companies, trusts partnerships, private equity partnerships, unincorporated associations, not for profit organisations such as charities and some universities.
The full qualification criteria and details can be found on the Environment Agency's web site.
Enforcement penalties for failing to comply with the ESOS regulations include both fixed and daily financial penalties of £50,000 or more, together with the organisation's details being published on the Environmental Agency's website.
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3rd February 2016