The Environment Agency is investigating companies it thinks may have dodged the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
ESOS is a mandatory scheme that all large businesses in the UK have to be a part of. It requires them to undertake comprehensive assessments of energy use and energy efficiency opportunities at least once every four years.
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency has told ELN that around 1200 companies are currently being investigated to verify their ESOS status.
A company doesn’t have to participate in the scheme if it isn’t large enough to trigger qualification, if its classified as a public body or if it is subject to an insolvency procedure.
The Environment Agency usually enforce the scheme by serving warning notices and only resort to civil penalties in more serious cases.
Individual decisions regarding companies will be dealt with on a case by case basis, said an Environment Agency spokesperson.