The Environment Agency has reported that more than half of eligible organisations have now taken action to comply with the ESOS legislation. Companies have to comply with ESOS if they are employing more than 250 people, have a turnover of £39 million or have a balance sheet value in excess of £34 million.
“For the minority of companies that have done nothing then time really is running out and the Environment Agency is adamant that enforcement action will be taken,” explains Stephen O’Hara, managing director of Elmhurst Energy.
“Any eligible organisation which has not submitted its report needs to appoint an ESOS Lead Assessor immediately and ask that this be advised to the Environment Agency through their online hub. The Environment Agency has stated that enforcement action will not normally be taken provided notification of compliance is received by 29 January 2016. Any later and you may hear from your regulator regarding enforcement action.”
Elmhurst Energy also points out that for organisations committing to achieving compliance through ISO 50001 certification, enforcement action will not normally be taken as long as notification is received by 30 June 2016. If you have not notified the Environment Agency of a late compliance, Elmhurst Energy urges organisations do so now.