Around a third of businesses have not submitted their plans to the UK Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and could now face enforcement action, according to media reports.

Industry news website Edie.net said that a spokesman for the Environment Agency had told it that 6,239 businesses had submitted notifications of ESOS compliance, representing an increase of only 291 firms when compared with the total of 5,948 companies on 29 January.

Around 400 firms had notified the agency of their intent to comply.

Edie.net said that meant around 3,000 of the 10,000 firms covered by the compulsory scheme had not complied and could now face enforcement action.

Enforcement notices

The Environment Agency spokesman told the website: “We have recently started contacting organisations who we believe may be captured by the ESOS regulations and have not complied with the requirements of the scheme.

“All cases will be reviewed, with enforcement notices used where necessary and civil penalties served in the most serious cases.

“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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