WASHINGTON and BRUSSELS, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Enhesa hosts webinar on Energy Efficiency Audits compulsory for corporations in Europe. Thousands of companies in Europe need to complete energy efficiency audits of their operations by December 5, 2015.
The audit obligations are not only applicable to major industrial operations, but also affect businesses in the commercial and services sectors. It is estimated that some 50,000 companies are impacted by the requirement.
"The delays in the adoption of national regulations, and the flexibility given to the Member States is causing a lot of concern to corporations" said Enhesa Director, Thierry Dumortier. "What appeared to be a quick-win for all, is turning into an administrative nightmare in the race to meet the deadline of reporting corporate energy efficiency audit results by December 5th," Dumortier explained.
On July 16, 2015, Enhesa will host a webinar to help companies determine whether their businesses in Europe are impacted by the energy audit requirement and if so, to understand what is required of them in practice and to explore or refine possible approaches to meet the requirements. Enhesa's Senior EHS Compliance Consultant, Paul Olagnier, and Peter Tayar-Watson, EU Energy Efficiency Directive Coordinator GE Global Operations of General Electric, Inc. will combine industry and regulatory expertise during the hour-long session in July.
European Directive 2012/27/EC Article 8.4
European Directive 2012/27/EC Article 8.4 requires companies to carry out energy audits by independent qualified experts. Any company with 250 or more employees and an annual turnover exceeding EUR 50 million (or balance sheet total exceeding EUR 43 million) will be impacted. To determine whether a company meets the thresholds, all subsidiaries and owned entities must be included. However, companies which implement a certified energy management system (ISO 50,001) or environmental management system (ISO 14.001) are exempt from the energy audit obligation. Member States were left to determine a number of key elements pertaining to the applicability of the audits.
The Directive was adopted three years ago in 2012 and European countries were given until last year to transpose it into national legislation. However, many countries are still setting out the specifics of the requirement. Hungary adopted its regulation just over a month ago on May 22, 2015. On the same day, Italy issued guidance on which companies are impacted. Germany only amended its Act on Energy Services and other energy efficiency measures on April 21, 2015.
During this webinar, we will explore:
- What is an energy efficiency audit?
- How have different Member States implemented the requirements?
- Which companies are impacted by these requirements?
- How do you meet these requirements?
- By when do the audits need to be completed?
- What should be in the corporate-wide audit report?
- To whom do the results of the audits need to be provided?
- What do you do with the results?
- Case study on how General Electric approached the issue
For more information and to register for the upcoming July 16, 2015 webinar on Energy Efficiency Audits, please visit http://www.enhesa.com/webinars.
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