Energy efficiency is becoming must


With the amendment of the Energy Services Act (EDL-G), all companies with more than 250 employees and annual sales of more than 50 million euros will be obliged to carry out an energy audit in accordance with DIN EN 16247-1 (deadline: December 5, 2015) or alternatively to introduce a certified energy/environmental management system in accordance with ISO 50001/EMAS. This obligation also applies to affiliated companies.

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For more background information on the Energiedienstleistungsgesetz (EDL-G 2015).

The amendments to the Energy Services Act (EDL-G) adopted by the German government are intended to implement a European directive to increase energy efficiency. On February 05, 2015, final amendments to the new law were passed by the German Bundestag and came into force on April 22, 2015.

The core of the new version EDL-G is an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1, which companies must carry out on a mandatory basis. These energy audits must then be repeated every four years. Alternatively, a certified energy management system (ISO 50001) or environmental management system (EMAS) would also suffice as proof of compliance with the EDL-G requirements.

Micro enterprises and small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are exempt from the audit obligation or the introduction of an alternative system. The EU defines these companies as: Companies with fewer than 250 employees and annual sales of up to 50 million euros or total assets of up to 43 million euros. Companies that do not fall under the SME definition, on the other hand, will be subject to this obligation in the future.