Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
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 and Co-Generation Regulations (S.L. 545.16).
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.
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 Government Notice No. 19974 (as amended), 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.
The Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme has been extended through 2020 and the new deadline is 31st December, 2020 Government Notice 1623 can be found here
Promotion of Energy Audits in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Scheme – Scheme A 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.
Typical benefits of an energy audit
- Identifies operational changes that may yield significant savings at zero cost
- Identifies low hanging fruits, i.e. significant savings through minimal interventions with a short rate of return
- Identifies new and more energy efficient technology for the respective enterprise.
Optimisation of equipment and processes