The EU Energy Efficiency Directive requires monitoring of all the major articles. Recently, the Joint Research Centre published a report of the progress made in implementing Article 8 concerning energy audits.
Survey of energy audits and energy management systems in the Member States
This report, conducted by the Joint Research Centre for DG ENERGY, during the last trimester of 2013 and the first trimester of 2014, identifies the status of the programmes promoting Energy Audits and Energy Management Systems in the Member States of the European Union in order to realize which of the requirements of Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive were already met and to understand the level of additional effort needed by the Member States to meet their obligations under the named article. The report aims also to identify eventual barriers and make recommendations on how the goals of Article 8 can be fulfilled.
The reports has the following conclusions:
In conclusion, there is still a good amount of work to be made in the Member States in order to implement Article 8 in the different national legislations since at the present time there are still countries without any consistent policies in what concerns the fact that large companies shall have to perform mandatory energy audits every four years. Nevertheless it is possible to find good cases of Member States already complying with these requirements by the implementation of mandatory or voluntary programmes.
From the barriers identified by Member States, the clarification on the qualification of auditors and the quality of energy audits criteria and the ability to identify every non-SMEs were pointed as main obstacles for the correct implementation of the requirements of the directive and therefore should be taken into consideration when
As it would be expected, large companies and consequently large energy consumers represent the companies that somehow are already being taken care of in the subjects of energy efficiency since these are the ones that can contribute to large energy savings by the execution of energy audits and the implementation of the measures identified or by the implementation of Energy Management Systems. However, SMEs and their savings potential should be taken into consideration very seriously by the Member States while designing their energy policies and transposing the EED into national legislation. The same applies to the promotion of Energy Management Systems which until now have been promoted mainly by market forces or within voluntary agreements requisites and can really contribute for the maintenance of healthy energy consumption patterns in the various economic sectors.
The report is available here.