What is Article 8?
Article 8 of the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) requires each Member State, or EU country, to mandate non-SMEs to undertake energy audits at least every four years. The unfortunate thing is that Member States can choose how to do this and, to date, each one has interpreted it differently, and many are at different stages of implementation. This means that the picture across Europe is complicated, particularly for multi-national companies operating in more than one Member State.
Supporting Article 8 implementation across the Member States
Although the EED set a deadline of 5th December 2015 for large enterprises to complete their first energy audits, some countries have still not implemented legislation, and many companies are not fully compliant.
If your company needs help with its Article 8 compliance, we can assist you:
- We led a study for the European Commission on the status of Article 8 implementation across Europe. We have an unrivalled insight into how each Member State has implemented Article 8, and what the requirements are.
- We can therefore tell you if you have achieved compliance in each country, or notify you of when a specific country has implemented their requirements.
- We have supported a range of multi-national organisations to achieve compliance across a variety of Member States including the UK.
UK businesses and ESOS
The UK’s response to Article 8 is the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). ESOS mandates that companies with more than 250 employees or a turnover of more than EUR 50 million and a balance sheet of more than EUR 43 million must undertake an energy audit at least every four years.
These may be standalone audits or part of a recognised environmental management system (e.g. ISO 50001).
The deadline for the first round of energy audits was 5th December 2015. So if you met the thresholds above on 31st December 2014 you should now have complied.
The deadline for the next phase will be 5th December 2019, and there is no time like the present to start planning how you will meet compliance.
Preparing for the next cycle: Although 2019 seems a long way away, it is critical for companies to keep the next ESOS deadline on their horizon. There are many things that they can be doing now to equip themselves for a smooth road to compliance. One option is working towards accreditation to the ISO 50001 energy management standard. This exempts organisations from ESOS, and provides wider benefits through a more structured approach to managing energy consumption. We can support you in determining whether ISO 50001 is an appropriate fit for your organisation, and in undertaking the tasks necessary to move you towards accreditation.
Why talk to us?
We were involved with the development of ESOS, and helped to author the Guide to ESOS, as well as the guidance on Approaches to ESOS Audits. During the first phase of ESOS we were able to identify savings of over £400 million for our customers.
And what about your ESOS recommendations? Now is the time to implement audit recommendations, and realise financial and energy savings, and we can support you do to that, through:
- our data management service
- strategic energy management advice
- energy management system and ISO50001 support
- support through implementation, developing of the business case
- advice on funding options