UK businesses offered chance to delay ESOS compliance
The majority of UK businesses are far from complying with the requirements laid out under the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), the most recent data released by the Environment Agency has been able to reveal.
The data points out that just 647 of the estimated 10,000 companies that fall under the new energy efficiency rules are fully compliant. The EA published an online form that companies need to fill out to notify officials that they expect to miss the deadline, but firms will be asked to explain why they have been unable to comply and when they expect to submit their first audit data.
Because the scheme is governed by EU rules, the EA has no power to extend the deadline. However, last month officials announced that firms would not face fines if they missed the deadline, as long as they have informed officials in advance.
The EA said enforcement action would not normally be taken provided notification is received by 29 January 2016. For organisations committing to achieving compliance through ISO 50001 certification, enforcement action will not normally be taken as long as notification is received by 30 June 2016.
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