The Environment Agency has confirmed that around 3,000 eligible businesses remain non-compliant with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), despite the extended deadline passing last week.

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria of an annual turnover of over €50mn/ year or having over 250 employees. Organisations are required to conduct an audit of their total energy usage and identify where improvements could be made.

The agency said that, by 29 January, of approximately 10,000 organisations eligible for the scheme just under 6,000 companies had registered as compliant. A further 1,000 had notified their intention to comply over the coming weeks. The initial deadline for the scheme was 5 December, but this was extended to the end of January in light of slow compliance rates.

A spokesperson for the agency told Businessgreen: “We will normally use enforcement notices to bring organisations into compliance and only issue civil penalties in the most serious cases.”

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