Energy Efficiency Directive

We wrote earlier in our newsletter about how the upcoming adoption of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) will have a significant effect on large companies. This directive obliges companies with annual turnover of more than 50 million or more than 250 employees to undertake an energy audit by the 5th December 2015 or face penalties. The Irish Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources held a stakeholders workshop in January 2015 to work through some of the issues but so far there has been no information supplied on the audit requirements. Our latest information is that these requirements may be published in April.

This is a little frustrating as time available between now and Dec 15th for completing these audits is being lost. Penalties for missing the deadline have also not been disclosed but in the UK the equivalent penalties are £ 50,000 and £ 500 per day thereafter so they are significant.

Once the specific details are available we will send out a special edition of the newsletter but in the meantime some of the main points are: The energy audits must be carried out by a qualified person and be based on the following guidelines: a) be based on up-to-date, measured, traceable operational data on energy consumption and (for electricity) load profiles; b) comprise a detailed review of the energy consumption profile of buildings or groups of buildings, industrial operations or installations, including transportation; c) build, whenever possible, on life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA) instead of Simple Payback Periods (SPP) in order to take account of long-term savings, residual values of long-term investments and discount rates; d) be proportionate, and sufficiently representative to permit the drawing of a reliable picture of overall energy performance and the reliable identification of the most significant opportunities for improvement. Energy audits shall allow detailed and validated calculations for the proposed measures so as to provide clear information on potential savings. The data used in energy audits shall be storable for historical analysis and tracking performance.