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ESOS fines of nearly £160,000 announced

05 October 2018

Fifteen companies have received fines for non-compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) by administrator the Environment Agency (EA).

This follows previous announcements on the numbers of firms that had failed to submit their reports, which the EA stated numbered around 1,500 businesses in June 2017.

The EA subsequently stated that approximately 500 organisations were confirmed as qualifying for the ESOS scheme and it had served more than 300 enforcement notices.

With fines now issued for 15 companies, it appears that the vast majority of qualifying businesses have now complied with the requirements of the scheme.

Questions continue to be asked whether the data emerging from ESOS compliance is now being used to improve the energy efficiency of the facilities in question.

Further information on the amount of fines can be seen here.

The PFM Editorial Advisory Board have confirmed numerous times the importance of remaining compliant in all areas of FM.

While the fines issued are not considered excessive - ranging from £1,740 to £45,000 - it shows that the EA is willing to enforce compliance where necessary.

With just 15 companies judged to be in breach of the ESOS regulations from initial assessments that estimated more than 10,000 were eligible, the scheme appears to have achieved a high level of compliancy.

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