Over 1.8K companies in the UK are at risk of being investigated and potentially fined by the Environment Agency for not complying with ESOS – are you safe?
The ESOS deadline may have passed, but there are still many businesses yet to comply with the legislation. The Environment Agency (EA) have revealed that only 60% of businesses that qualify for ESOS were compliant with the legislation by the extended deadline of April 2016.
The EA revealed in their recent ESOS Newsletter that they are taking action on non-compliant businesses. They predict that 1,850 businesses are at risk of being heavily fined due to non-compliance with ESOS legislation. 1,700 of these did not complete an ESOS submission and 150 informed the EA that they intended to comply late but are still yet to make a submission. The ESOS Enforcement Team are investigating those 1,700 that did not complete a submission and have stated that, to begin with, they will focus on the businesses that are seen as the highest risk.
The fine for failing to provide an ESOS audit amounts to £50,000 along with additional penalties that can be issued every day for up to 80 working days. As well as this, the EA have stressed that they will make all penalty notices public, which could have damaging effects on the fined company’s reputation.
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If you are one of the 1,850 businesses that qualify for the ESOS scheme but have failed to submit a response to the EA you should start complying now, otherwise your organisation faces threat of being investigated as well as potentially fined and made an example of publicly.