Kassel. For the first time, companies of a certain size will have to conduct an energy audit in accordance with DIN EN 16247 by 5 December 2015: an energy review will then have to be repeated every four years. A reform of the Energy Services Act has now made it mandatory to conduct the audits. The aim is achieve greater energy efficiency.
It is not only manufacturing companies that are now obliged to carry out the audits, but also most other companies, as long as they are not counted as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – which means that public and private sector energy suppliers are also affected.
For energy expert Bernd Schnabel, Managing Director of Campus für Energie und Wirtschaft, the auditing process entails considerable difficulties. “Even just the complex calculation system for when a company falls within the new provision, which is described over 48 pages, is proving to be the first obstacle for many companies.”
The industry expert anticipates that 80,000 to 100,000 companies in Germany will ultimately be affected by the law. The German federal government expects there to be no fewer than approx. 50,000 companies that must have their energy supply audited. “That will create an enormous market, but it will also attract some black sheep,” the expert warns in a conversation with WINGAS staff.
An auditor must namely be able to prove he or she has at least three years of experience as an energy consultant, Schnabel continues. “But the quality of the work is not checked by the authority responsible, the German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). The documentation merely has to be complete.” This makes it all the more important that suppliers use their expertise in the area of energy services to give customers added value or to tap into new areas of business. “Municipal utilities in particular can benefit from this,” Schnabel says.