Around two-thirds of the companies covered by the UK Government’s mandatory Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) have either submitted their assessments or indicated they will do so, according to the Environment Agency.

Under the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive, any business with more than 250 staff, annual turnover in excess of €50 million (£39m) or a balance sheet worth more than €43m must comply with the ESOS.

The Environment Agency said that 4,000 of the 10,000 eligible businesses had submitted their energy efficiency plans ahead of the deadline on 4 December.

A further 2,500 had told the agency that they would submit their plans before 29 January to avoid a fine.

Benefits highlighted

A week before the deadline, only 1,682 companies had submitted their plans, while just 543 had indicated they would comply before 29 January.

Jo Scully, ESOS Project Manager, said: “Of course we’d have liked all organisations to be compliant by 5 December but we believe that the vast majority of organisations are both aware of their responsibilities and intend to comply.

“Our focus remains on bringing organisations into compliance with ESOS to ensure that the scheme delivers the energy savings and financial and environmental benefits intended.”

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