More than a third of UK businesses face fines for not meeting the deadline to register for the government's new business energy efficiency scheme.
According to WSP Environment & Energy, up to 7,500 firms are expected to miss the September 30th deadline, which is the last date they can register for the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, which began on April 1st.
Missing the deadline for the scheme, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by four million tonnes, will incur a fine of at least £5,000.
WSP explained that in the worst case scenario, 6,000 of the 15,000 lower energy users affected by the scheme will fail to make the required information declaration by September 30th.
David Symons, a director at WSP Environment & Energy, said: "Those businesses which are well-organised are finding that registration is not a complicated exercise."
The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme is one of two incentives launched this year to meet the UK's target of reducing emissions by 34 per cent by 2020, based on 1990 levels.
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