Participants of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) are being audited, the Environment Agency (EA) has revealed.
Since the last compliance deadline, the EA have been working with external contractors to carry out compliance audits of participants ESOS assessments. It has carried out over 200 compliance audits and expect to conduct a further 180 this financial year. A spokesman for the EA said:
The aim of our audits is to ensure that qualifying organisations are complying with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Regulations 2014, with the fringe benefit of assisting qualifying organisations to get the most benefit out their ESOS assessments. Below is an analysis of the compliance audits conducted during the 2016/17 financial year.
The spokesman added:
The majority of participants were deemed to be compliant or compliant with remedial actions and indicate a positive level of compliance with the Regulations. However, a small number of participants were classed as non-compliant and were served with an Enforcement Notice requiring them to complete a series of actions to bring their ESOS assessment into compliance. Failure to comply with the conditions of a notice can lead to substantial financial penalties, in line with our Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance.
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