A leading assessor for the energy savings opportunity scheme (ESOS) has warned that the Environment Agency could lose “credibility” if it failed to take enforcement action related to the scheme.

ESOS is a mandatory assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK and involves audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify savings. Organisations must take part in the scheme if they have over 250 staff or an annual turnover of more than €50mn.

The original deadline for compliance with the scheme was 5 December, but the Environment Agency stated that as long as organisations notified them of their non-compliance and were then compliant by 29 January they would not face enforcement action.

In comments reported by Energylivenews.com on 6 January, Carbon Control managing director Andrew Fletcher said: “I do think they do need to take swift and robust enforcement action otherwise the credibility in both the Environment Agency and in ESOS will be dented further.”

Fletcher said firms that had completed the process had gained a competitive advantage through the opportunity to reduce energy consumption.

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