The deadline for large organisations to notify the Environment Agency of their compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) has passed.
You may already know that if you’re one of up to 14,000 businesses impacted and have yet to comply, then you are at risk of enforcement action and penalties.
For non-compliance, the Environment Agency can impose fines of up to £90,000, publish details of the breach and penalty amount as well as the stipulation to complete the audit process within a tight three-month period.
But it’s not too late
Our message is simple – take action now. Utilitywise is one of the few consultancies still able to offer support. With our assistance, you can create an ESOS roadmap and update the scheme regulator so they know you’ve started your compliance journey.
The Environment Agency published two newsletters in November 2015 explaining it would not normally take enforcement action for late notification provided it is received by 29th January 2016. Technically this is not an extension to the compliance deadline. It is the scheme regulators exercising some leniency towards those who are trying to comply but as yet have been unable to do so.
So what next?
If you haven’t started your ESOS compliance journey yet then you need to take action straight away. Your Intent to Comply requires you to send basic information directly to the scheme regulator, which we can help you with. This will show them that you are working towards complying with the scheme and you are not ignoring your legal requirements. By doing so, you will reduce the risk of hefty financial penalties. To complete this process you will need to submit:
- Company information – basic information you will be able to provide;
- An explanation for why you won’t be compliant by 29 January 2016 – we can help with this;
- Who your ESOS Lead Assessor is – we can help with this.
Contact Utilitywise today and we can begin the ESOS process for you by helping you to lodge an Intent to Comply. Click here to submit a few basic details to us and we will contact you.
This may well be the last chance you have to start your ESOS journey and avoid financial penalties – don’t let it pass you by.
Tim Hipperson is the Deputy Managing Director at Utilitywise.
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