Energy Auditing Scheme

In order for the EU to meet its binding energy efficiency and emissions targets, the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) identifies measures that are required to be introduced by member states. The measures cover activities in the public sector, utilities, buildings and transport, financing of energy projects, and energy use in large enterprises. The directive has been transposed into Irish Law as Statutory Instrument (SI) 426 of 2014.

SEAI developed the Energy Auditing Scheme for large enterprises. The basic requirement is that large enterprises must carry out an energy audit of their operations every four years. The first such audit must be completed by 5 th December 2015.

How to comply

Large Enterprises must either carry out an energy audit or demonstrate that they are implementing an energy or environmental management system. This must be certified by an independent body according to the relevant European or International standards. They must then be able to 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. Please contact us for further information.

Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

ESOS applies to large UK undertakings and their corporate groups. It mainly affects businesses but can also apply to not-for-profit bodies and any other non public sector undertakings that are large enough to meet the qualification criteria.

How to comply

If you qualify for ESOS, but your organisation is not fully covered by ISO 50001, you need to carry out an ESOS assessment. The assessment helps you work out what your organisation needs to do to comply with the ESOS regulations. Please contact us for further information.