Electrex’s solutions for complying with Article 8 (Energy Audits and Energy Management Systems) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive
Article 8 (Energy Audits and Energy Management Systems) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive imposes two main obligations upon Member States: to promote the availability of energy audits among final customers in all sectors and to ensure that enterprises that are not SMEs carry out energy audits at least every four years.
Who must be compliant with the directive?
You must take part in Article 8 if your organization qualifies as a large undertaking.
A large undertaking is:
– any undertaking that meets either one or both of the conditions below:
– it employs 250 or more people
– it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro, and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro
More detailed info on the Article 8 can be found at the bottom of this page.
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) hold the mandate to develop energy audit standards that provide the minimum requirements for compliance with Art.8.
New guidelines for improving the implementation
DG Energy of the European Commission is planning to prepare guidelines for improving the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8 on Energy Audits and Energy Management Systems by early 2018.
Here below some of recommendations adopted for immediate action by the CEN/CENELEC:
- Include an energy consumption threshold in the definition of large enterprises
- Accept ISO 50001 as a proof of compliance with art.8
- Provide guidelines for harmonized energy consumption measurements
- Promote supporting schemes for the implementation of voluntary EE measures in SMEs
- Support an holistic approach and promote the audits as a de-risking tool for EE project financing
It is a good catalyzer for making large enterprises focus on their energy consumption, greenhouse gas emission footprint and multiple benefits of energy efficiency.
Carrying out energy audits
Audits must be undertaken by qualified/accredited experts or supervised by independent authorities. The feedback that we are receiving from the different countries suggests that many of Europe’s businesses may be under-prepared for EU Energy Efficiency Directive.
Indeed, the call for compliance is set for the 5-th of December 2019.
The consequences of not being compliant are various and involve financial penalties, loss of business and reputation.
In the UK, for instance, the fine for non-compliance can be up to £50,000.
Compliant energy audits
A compliant energy audit must meet this criteria:
1. It must be based on 12 months’ verifiable data
The data must:
– be for a continuous period
– begin no more than 24 months before the start of the energy audit
– not have been used as the basis for an energy audit in a previous compliance period
2. It must analyze the participant’s energy consumption and energy efficiency
3. It must identify energy saving opportunities
Qualification for Article 8 is based on the status of your organization on 31 December 2018, and every four years after that for each subsequent compliance period.
How we can help you
The Electrex Monitoring networks are the ideal solution for energy audits, continuous monitoring (e.g. ISO 50001) and for energy efficiency projects (e.g. EU-Directive 2012-27 and White Certificates or Energy Efficiency Certificates).
Since 1993 Electrex designs, develops and manufactures, instruments and software for energy monitoring and management.
Our systems are modular and can expand over time thanks to the many possibilities of connecting the devices (Wi-Fi, RS485, E-Wi, ExpBus, Ethernet, NFC), and of display and management of the data collected.
With a single system, you can keep track of all energy carriers (electricity, gas, water, etc.), of environmental parameters related to them (temperature, humidity, luminosity, CO2, etc.), of process parameters (compressed air , calories, level, status, etc.) and automate the management of ON/OFF switches, automatic adjustments, remote management, alarms and more to achieve the main objective: to reduce energy costs by optimizing production.
The Electrex solutions are used in the Energy Efficiency and Energy Automation applications, for the industrial, tertiary, residential and renewable resources sectors allowing a rapid return on investment.