What to do and how to do it
In Ireland there exist legal and other requirements related to energy use, which include national laws, and sectoral, corporate or customer requirements. To manage energy effectively, organisations need to be aware of these requirements.
Some examples of legal and other requirements include:
· Building Energy Ratings.
· Display Energy Certificates.
· Building standards and regulations.
· Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC).
· National Energy Efficiency Action Plan requirements.
· S.I. 542 (public sector), e.g. report annually on energy usage.
· Other requirements may include corporate directives, sectoral agreements to which the organisation subscribes, voluntary programmes, codes of practice etc.
In order to address legal and other requirements in relation to energy use, you should:
· Identify the legal and other requirements in relation to your organisation’s energy use.
· Communicate these requirements to the appropriate people within your organisation.
· Ensure that you are in compliance with the requirements.
· Check for new and changing requirements on a regular basis.
· Review requirements regularly and evaluate compliance.
Note that for a more formal system, records of the results of the evaluations of compliance should be maintained.
Possible problems and how to deal with them
Identifying and interpreting applicable requirements can be a time-consuming task, and there is always the risk that you may overlook something. However, there are many ways in which you can obtain information about applicable requirements. These include:
· commercial services dedicated to inform you about legal and other requirements;
· regulatory agencies;
· business or trade associations/groups;
· energy consultants and solicitors;
How long does it take to complete this step?
Identifying legal and other requirements could take from a few hours to several days, depending on the size of your organisation.
Ensuring compliance will invariably take longer, and this depends on the requirement in question.
What do I do next?
Once you have identified legal and other requirements and how they are to be implemented, you can then analyse your total energy consumption and develop an energy baseline.
Step 2.1 Legal and Other Requirements Tracking Matrix. US DOE eGuide for ISO 50001https://ecenter.ee.doe.gov/EM/SPM/Pages/Home.aspx
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive SEAI [http://www.seai.ie/Your_Building/EPBD/]
Public Sector obligations and Targets SEAI [http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Public_Sector/Public_Sector_Programme/Obligations_and_Targets/]
Public Sector Reporting SEAI [http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Public_Sector/Reporting/]
Public Sector Energy Partnership SEAI [http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/Public_Sector/Partnerships/]
Energy Agreements Programme SEAI
Energy Efficiency Legislation Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources [http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Energy/Energy+Legislation/Legislation.htm]
Licensing and Permitting Environmental Protection Agency[http://www.epa.ie/licensing/]
Building Standards Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government [http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/BuildingStandards/]
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