Many firms are well aware at this stage that the first deadline for the Energy Audit Scheme (EAS) is 5thDecember 2015. With many firms having yet to complete these audits there will be in no doubt a rush towards completion in the next few weeks and firms may find it difficult to find an available auditor.
Background and Requirements of EAS
In order for the European Union (EU) to meet its binding energy efficiency and emission targets, measures have been identified that are required to be introduced by member states. The EU EED is part of the EU’S action plan to address global warming. Measures placed on member states by the EU cover activities in the public sector, utilities, buildings, transport, financing of energy use in large enterprises. This Directive has been transposed into Irish law as Statutory Instrument (SI) 426 of 2014. Part three of this legislation covers energy audits and Article 8 of the Directive places the requirement for mandatory energy audits on large undertakings:
EED Article 8, section 4: “Member states shall ensure that enterprises that are not SMEs are subject to an energy audit carried out in an independent and cost-effective manner by qualified and/or accredited experts or implemented and supervised by independent authorities under national legislation by 5th December 2015 and at least every four years from the date of the previous energy audit.”
In Ireland, these enterprises are defined as:
Road to Compliance
Having identified whether EAS is applicable to your organisation, there are a few ways to become compliant:
*This system must be certified by an independent body according to the relevant European or International standards. They must then be able to demonstrate to the SEAI that the management system concerned includes a specific and detailed energy audit element.
However, in Ireland there are two ways large organisations can become exempt from EAS:
Those firms who qualify for EAS but are not exempt must meet the minimum requirements of a high energy audit, which are as follows:
Organisations should ensure that the auditor they use to carry out the high energy audit is a Registered Energy Auditor that is listed on the SEAI Energy Audit Scheme database. The audit itself must be signed off by a senior internal authorised signatory e.g. CEO or Senior Director.
Any organisation that has yet to complete their first audit under EAS should really get the process under way if they want to meet the 5th December deadline. Luckily for those organisations that do not meet the 5th December deadline, they will not be penalised this year. It is planned that compliance assessments will begin in 2016 and penalties as provided for in the legislation will be introduced at this time.
However, it is important that organisations retain records and the auditor’s report on file to be in a position to demonstrate compliance with the 5th December deadline.
There are many benefits to be reaped by organisations by completing the Energy Audit Scheme, many take the form of cost savings, including reducing the organisation’s energy costs and reducing their carbon footprint.
We at Antaris Consulting, can help you to remain compliant with this legislation in one of three ways:
Submitted by our Energy tutors, Antaris.
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