The Environment Agency (EA) has just released revised guidance on the enforcement of ESOS compliance for businesses that it expects could fail to meet the looming deadline on the 5 December 2015.
The ESOS Regulations already had penalties explained; the below information further clarifies how the EA intends to enforce and apply the legislation.
This additional information comes amid speculation within the energy auditing sector and is not entirely unexpected. Although the EA say this is not an extension, it does sound very much like an extension, allowing the EA discretion over enforcement penalties.
Many of the lead assessors we work with have indicated the deadline might be extended. They have reported increasing demand, and some assessors have turned down large projects arising so late in the year. This demand has also pleased those who do have capacity to take on such projects.
Here at ecosurety, our existing producer responsibility experience had already led us to believe there would be a light touch when it came to enforcement, due to the non-changeable nature of the regulations and the capacity for discretion available to enforcement bodies.
However, the latest update appears to be a real mixture. On the whole it appears to be a pragmatic approach to solving a potentially significant issue for thousands of UK business. It essentially allows the EA to take a case-by-case approach when it comes to non-compliant companies, of which there could potentially be a great many.
At the start of October just 359 companies had submitted their ESOS certification, out of an estimate 15,000 eligible companies across the UK.
If your company is still working through ESOS compliance, please get in touch. We have a number of lead assessors available experienced in a number of different sectors or primary energy users. A quick turnaround, and specific energy saving reports, will help cut costs in the future, as well as ensure you comply with the letter of the law.
Mark manages the technical and regulatory development at Ecosurety, working closely with numerous policy makers, stakeholders and government departments. His valued contributions and experience have been well refined over the last decade of working within environmental compliance.
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