Businesses risk $1m fines under European Energy Efficiency Directive

Energy experts at global certification firm DNV GL are warning that over 45,000 businesses risk fines of up to €1m ($1.1m) if they fail to comply with part of the European Energy Efficiency Directive.

Article 8 of the directive requires all large enterprises with at least 250 staff, or annual revenues over €50m and an annual balance sheet of over €43m, to comply with the national energy audit obligation. This includes calculating their total energy consumption and identifying saving opportunities across their estate, every four years.

Organisations with multiple operations across Europe must meet the legislative requirements in each EU Member State they operate in. All 28 countries have their own specific audit requirements, often only available in local language, which makes reaching compliance complex.

The deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019. The previous compliance date in December 2015 saw thousands of firms fail to submit sufficient documentation and evidence to satisfy the regulators.à‚ In the UK alone, the Environment Agency said it has gone through 2800 of those organisations that said they would be late and issued around 50à‚ enforcement notices.

To support businesses, DNV GL has launched a new online tool, MEET8, that allows organisations to easily and quickly collect all the data necessary to self-assess their compliance.

The tool automatically generates compliance reports, listing the energy audit requirements, scopes and exemptions for each EU country where the organisation operates.

Prajeev Rasiah, executive vice-president for DNV GL’s energy business in North Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: “Since each of the 28 EU member states has different compliance requirements, submitting the correct information can be a cumbersome task. To simplify the process, our tool gives businesses access to a single knowledge hub of comprehensive information and policy experts who have deep knowledge of the regulatory variations and timescale requirements for all 28 Member States.”

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