SEAI Energy Auditing Scheme.
Is your business a LARGE Enterprise? Then this scheme may apply to your business if it has 250 employees or over (on payroll); or an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m.
The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) identifies measures that are required to be introduced by member states in order for the EU to meet its binding energy efficiency and emissions targets. The measures cover activities in the public sector, utilities, buildings and transport, financing of energy projects, and energy use in large enterprises. Under Article 8 of this EU legislation, “non-SMEs” (large enterprises) must carry out an energy audit of their operations every four years. The first such audit must be completed by 5th December 2015.
The directive has been transposed into Irish Law as Statutory Instrument (SI) 426 of 2014. Part 3 of this legislation covers Energy Audits.
The basic requirement to demonstrate compliance is that “non-SMEs” (large enterprises) must either carry out an energy audit or demonstrate that they are implementing an energy or environmental management system, certified by an independent body according to the relevant European or international standards, and thus may be exempted from the requirements provided that they can demonstrate to SEAI that the management system concerned includes a specific and detailed energy audit element.
In Ireland, this is referred to as the “Energy Auditing Scheme”. This audit must be completed every four years. To demonstrate compliance, a business must use a Registered Energy Auditor to complete the audit.