Compliance audits have now been scheduled to ensure that participants of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) have met all scheme requirements.
Meanwhile, organisations who have yet to comply with ESOS can expect a framework of escalating enforcement response.
“Participants should be prepared for audit and ensure that they keep and maintain evidence to show how they have complied with the scheme,” says the Environment Agency’s latest update.
The next set of ESOS compliance audits will be carried out from August 2016 – March 2017.
Initial audits were carried out by external contractors on behalf of the Environment Agency in early 2016, in order to identify key risk areas for mistakes.
While none of the participants failed the audit, 65% passed only with remedial actions. Most errors were made in relation to organisational structure, but areas such as cost benefit analysis and energy profiling also required remedial action.
Organisations who have not yet complied with ESOS can expect to hear from the Environment Agency’s dedicated ESOS Enforcement Team, whose enforcement process is underway since April 2016.
The latest figures show that over 1,500 organisations who are required to participate have still not made any submission.
Compliance notices have already been served to those deemed to be at the highest risk.
All non-compliant organisations can expect to be contacted, as part of an escalating enforcement strategy that can ultimately result in civil penalties.
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