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ESOS non-compliance results in EA investigations

05 October 2016

Over 1,500 organisations are under investigation by the Environment Agency for non-compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

A wave of new ESOS assessments are underway, as these companies seek to avoid fines.

ESOS is a mandatory scheme for large UK undertakings and their corporate groups.

The Environment Agency's dedicated ESOS Enforcement Team is investigating all organisations "who may have been" required to participate in the scheme, but did not make a submission before the final deadline.

Qualifying organisations who fail to meet the deadline could receive:
* a fixed deadline of £50,000 plus;
* an additional fine of £500 per day up to a max of 80 days.

The Environment Agency noted that: "Following the passing of the original compliance deadline of the 5th December 2015 and the grace period of up to the 29th January 2016, we have been looking at corporate data to identify those organisations that should be participating in ESOS.

"Our Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance provides a framework for escalating our enforcement response.

"We will normally use enforcement notices to bring organisations into compliance."

Are you among the companies under investigation?

Then it is time to take action for full compliance by using service and expertise you can trust, auditing to ISO 50002 standard for ESOS.

ESOS Lead Assessors should be able to look after your compliance from start to finish, tailored to your circumstances.

Such as:
* Confirm that you qualify for ESOS
* Communicate with the Environment Agency on your behalf
* Compile your reference year energy data across buildings, process and transport
* Identify the most appropriate 90% audit boundary
* Deliver the required energy audit reports with cost-effective energy saving recommendations, or alternative routes to compliance
* Produce your full evidence pack
* Guide you through the process to board level sign-off
* Provide ESOS Lead Assessor verification and approval
* Submit your ESOS notification documentation

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