What is the EAS & SI 426?
The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) requires all non-SMEs to have an energy audit every four years. In Ireland these audits are termed the Energy Auditing Scheme (EAS), the relevant legislation being SI 426 of 2014 and SI 599 of 2019.
Who Needs to Comply With the EAS
So, exactly which organisations are required to comply? These are where either Threshold 1 or Threshold 2 are met.
- Threshold 1: Organisations employing 250 people or more OR
- Threshold 2: Organisations with an annual turnover in excess of €50m and an annual balance sheet in excess of €43m.
In the case of groups of companies operating in Ireland, the energy audit requirement is on each registered company in the group where they are above Threshold 1 or Threshold 2. Previous organisations that participated in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) are no longer exempt under SI 599 of 2019.
The rules for the public sector and schools are different. See the SEAI website for details on the minimum criteria.
Benefits of Having an EAS Audit
It is important that this is not just a box ticking exercise as real cost and carbon savings can be made in all organisations. This is because technology in energy efficiency is rapidly evolving. Typical areas where savings are made include lighting, space heating, process control, compressed air etc. When implemented, practical and achievable energy savings are to be expected within financially acceptable returns. Besides cost savings, other benefits will include reduced carbon footprint and greater energy security.
Deadlines & Scheduling Energy Audits
Obligated organisations must complete the energy audit every four years. The first deadline was 5 December 2015. Based on this the last deadline was 9th December 2023 and the next in 2027. Where an organisation has not yet complied, then the audit should be completed immediately, then every four years.
The EAS energy audit programme is managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). A requirement is that the auditor must be registered with SEAI, be a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and hold a minimum level of insurance. Environmental Efficiency meets these requirements and is listed on the SEAI list of approved auditors.
Environmental Efficiency: Your Trusted EAS Auditor
The energy audits undertaken by Environmental Efficiency under the EAS scheme have identified cost-effective and practical energy savings, therefore this goes well beyond a box-ticking exercise.
Our in-house auditors have significant experience in auditing and are led by a team of Chartered Engineers with extensive experience in manufacturing and commercial buildings.
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