This is how the EA can solve the ESOS non-compliance problem
Jes Rutter, Managing Director, JRP Solutions
Posted on 18 January 2016.
It seems to me that the success of the ESOS scheme will depend on getting the maximum number of organisastions to comply but doing so is likely to be quite a challenge for the resource-stretched DECC and Environment Agency.
Meanwhile, there is a huge, willing and able resource available to support the EA to deliver 100% compliance in the form of Energy Consultancies who are all keen to win new ESOS Audit business.
If the EA/DECC were able to publish a list of all the organisations that were not registered/compliant with ESOS, energy consultants would do the job of chasing them, explaining the penalties and getting them compliant. This would be a win-win situation for the Government, the EA, energy consultancies, businesses and the world!
If it is not possible to publish a list of non-compliant organisations, would it not be possible, under the Freedom of information Act, for the EA to issue a list of those organisations that have complied?
I believe that the success of ESOS is critical to the Government achieving its carbon targets and also critical if ESOS is going to play a part in the structure of carbon compliance schemes in the future. My suggestion would ensure that the success of ESOS would not be undermined by insufficient resource being applied.