At least once every four years large companies will be expected, by law (Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive), to undergo a form of audit which will assess energy use and energy efficiency opportunities.
By December 5th 2015, all large business will have had to complete their first assessment, with the results given to the Environment Agency. Criteria for inclusion into the directive (IE, what the EU deems to be a large business) are as follows: employs at least 250 people OR has an annual turnover above €50 million and a balance sheet above €43 million. Most public sector bodies are excluded, but unfortunately some universities actually qualify.
To comply, a “Lead Energy Assessor” will have to prove the company completed the following:
Measured the total energy consumption for buildings, industrial processes and transport.
Identified areas of significant energy consumption, accounting for at least 90% of your total energy consumption.
Identified cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations for areas of significant energy consumption.
Report all of the above compliance to the Environment Agency.
Some companies may be exempt if they are fully enrolled in ISO50001.
More detailed blog entry to come soon, watch this space.