Energy Audits for SMEs
The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) identifies SMEs as target enterprises forming part of policy which drives towards increased energy efficiency. The Energy and Water Agency is the entity that administers the implementation of Regulation 10 of the transposition of the EED, that is, the Regulation related to energy auditing in the Energy Efficiency Regulations (S.L. 545.33).
The Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme is divided into two sections, here referred to as Scheme A and Scheme B. The first is eligible to enterprises that are listed under the De Minimis Regulation whilst the latter is for enterprises eligible under the General Block Exemption Regulation.
|Category 1||Medium Sized Enterprises in the NACE Code C and I||€ 5,000|
|Category 2||Medium Sized Enterprises in all other NACE Codes||€ 3,000|
|Category 3||Small Sized Enterprises in the NACE Code C and NACE Code I subgroup 55||€ 3,000|
|Category 4||Small Sized Enterprises in all other NACE Codes and NACE Code subgroups||€ 1,000|
Enterprises are invited to apply through the official Application Form for an energy audit, to the level and detail as outlined in the Schedule Section of the Government Notices, raised by a certified energy auditor chosen from the list of energy auditors which can be accessed on the website of the Regulator for Energy and Water Sources (REWS). After reviewing the application, the Agency will inform the enterprise that it can proceed with the audit. Once the energy audit is complete and submitted to the Energy and Water Agency, the latter will ensure that the report meets the minimum requirements as detailed in the previously mentioned Schedule. If the report meets the minimum requirements set out, the enterprise will receive the amount invoiced by the certified energy auditor capped up to the amount indicated in the same Government Notice.
Through the energy audit, the business will identify actions and investments that may be carried out in order to reduce energy consumption on a daily basis, resulting in lower bills and overall expenditure.
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme – Scheme A applications under the De Minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation No. 1407/ 2013).
applications under the De Minimis Regulation (Commission Regulation No. 1407/ 2013).
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme – Scheme B applications under the General Block Exemption Regulation.