The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) mandates large organisations to complete energy audits every four years. This requirement was transposed into Irish legislation in SI 426 of 2014.
Energy audit compliance check
We are now asking that all Large Enterprises indicate their status with regard to this obligation by completing a short online survey. Please click on the link below and complete the sections relevant to your business.Energy Audit Compliance Check
Who needs to complete an energy audit
If your organisation is a legal entity that meets either or both of the following criteria, your organisation is required to take an energy audit in accordance with Statutory Instrument (SI) 426 of 2014.
- An Enterprise that employs 250 people or more?
- An Enterprise with an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m?
How to comply:
There are two broad options to undertake an energy audit:
- You can undertake a standalone energy audit(s), on the basis of the minimum criteria set out in Annex VI of the EED, every four years. Each audit must be completed by a Registered Energy Auditor OR
- If your organisation has a valid, certified energy or environmental management system (ISO 50001, ISO 14001 or equivalent) and it can demonstrate to SEAI that the management system includes an energy audit that meets the minimum criteria set out in Annex VI of the EED, then your organisation can engage a Register of Energy Auditors to confirm in writing that the management system fulfils the requirement for an audit.
This must be repeated every four years. The full requirements for compliance are set out in (SI) 426 of 2014.
When must I undertake an energy audit?
You must complete an energy audits once every four years. The deadline for undertaking the first audit was 5 December 2015. Organisations that missed this deadline should complete an audit immediately.
What are the requirements for an energy audit?
The minimum criteria for an energy audit are set out in Annex VI of the EED. The obligation to undertake an energy audit applies to the organisation that exceeds the scale thresholds set out in the legislation. The scope of the audit must be at least 70% of that legal entity’s total primary energy consumption in the Republic of Ireland. This applies to standalone audits and to audits undertaken as part of certified management systems.
Audit sign off
- If the audit is completed by an SEAI Registered Energy Auditor the Energy Audit should be presented to the company and signed off by one company director.
- However, if an audit is completed by an internal auditor, the audit must be signed by an SEAI Registered Energy Auditor and the audit must be signed by two company directors. The SEAI Registered Energy Auditor must ensure that all requirements are met and takes the responsibility to ensure that the audit is sufficient and the company can report compliance.
EU Emissions trading scheme
Participants in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) may hold greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions permit(s) with respect to their energy-related GHG emissions. The energy consumption associated with GHG emissions, explicitly monitored and reported as a condition of GHG emissions permit(s), is exempt from the requirement for an audit in accordance with the legislation. However, the obligation to undertake an audit applies to the remainder of the permit holder’s energy consumption.
SEAI has an obligation to monitor compliance with this legal requirement and to ensure that the quality of the audits undertaken meets minimum criteria. We established the Energy Auditing Scheme in 2015 to provide a framework for the undertaking of audits in an independent and competent manner. We have processes in place for compliance checking and quality assurance.
Energy audit handbook
SEAI’s Energy Audit Handbook provides step-by-step guidance for a typical energy audit process, from audit preparation and pre-analysis through to site visit and reporting findings. It is especially useful for those seeking to undertake their first energy audit