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The Environment Agency has formally announced today that universities do not need to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The scheme will only be imposed for higher educational institutions (HEIs) who self-declare as private sector and are sufficiently large to trigger qualification. Those outside this criteria need not comply with the requirements of ESOS.
The Environment Agency commented “As previously stated, the government’s view is that student loans constitute a private source of funding to HEIs. However, only a small number of HEIs have carried out specific assessments to confirm that they are private sector bodies on the basis of this interpretation or due to other sources of private funding. We will therefore exercise our discretion and implement ESOS on the basis of only enforcing application of the scheme for HEIs that self-declare as private sector and are sufficiently large to trigger ESOS qualification.”
For further information, see The Energy Consortium’s (TEC) website .