The Environment Agency has published a list of thousands of companies that have so far complied with legislation relating to its Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS).
A total of almost 6,000 companies in the UK have confirmed to the agency and demonstrated that they have had their operations assessed and audited with a focus on energy consumption.
Names on the list include many of the biggest and best known companies currently operating in the UK from the jeans makers of Levi Strauss to the property and land management giant Peel Holdings.
Other names on the list of compliant companies include the betting firm BetFred, the food maker KP Snacks, the aerospace giant Boeing UK, the car maker Jaguar Land Rover and the housebuilders of Barratt Developments PLC.
The ESOS rules though don’t only apply to big businesses but also to charity groups and other non-profit organisations, which is why the likes of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Leeds College of Art and the Marylebone Cricket Club are on the Environment Agency’s newly published list as well.
According to the agency, 60 per cent of the organisations who ought to have confirmed their ESOS compliance have now done so but that still leaves thousands of others which are yet to do so.
There was a deadline set at January 29th 2016 by which point all organisations were obliged to have conformed with the ESOS legislation and demonstrated that they’ve had energy use across their operations assessed.
But with that deadline having come and gone the Environment Agency is looking at ways to encourage and demand compliance among the organisations that are yet to make its ESOS submissions list.
There is not yet a list of non-compliant organisations ready for publication but the government’s environmental enforcement body has said it intends to send out notices to leave non-compliant operators in no doubt that they will sooner or later be required to confirm their compliance.
The Environment Agency has also explained that it will be looking to take appropriate action against organisations that have confirmed their ESOS compliance but whose supporting information is non-compliant.