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Compulsory energy efficiency audits in large companies


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According to the energy services act, companies that are no SME in the sense of the Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises [Official Journal L 124 of 20.05.2003] are obliged to carry out regular energy audits done by a qualified expert.
The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control will carry out random samples to check whether companies comply with this obligation and can award penalties. Companies that have an ISO 50001 certified energy management system or an EMAS environmental management system are exempted from the obligation. The provisions have been created by an amendmend of the energy services act to implement Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU in domestic law.

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