BSI has published a new European standard to help organisations plan and carry out effective energy audits. An energy audit is the first step in good energy management: identifying energy use and using the information to reduce energy consumption and costs and to meet increasing energy and environmental regulations.
The standard was created in response to the 2006 EU directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services, which is to be replaced in 2014 by the European Commission’s proposed Energy Efficiency Directive that mandates member countries to create regular energy audits for large organisations.
BS EN 16247-1 defines the attributes of a good quality energy audit, from the best approach in terms of scope, aims and thoroughness, through to ensuring clarity and transparency. It has been developed with input from members of ESTA, the Energy Institute, Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Energy Services and Technology Association, among others.
The standard applies to commercial, industrial, residential and public-sector organisations, excluding individual private dwellings. It’s appropriate for all organisations regardless of size or industry sector and is seen as a tool for energy, sustainability and environmental managers, auditors, consultants and senior management interested in targeting energy efficiency.
Professor Martin Fry, President of ESTA, visiting professor at City University, London, and convenor of the European working group that created BS EN 16247-1 said: ”Understanding how energy is used and improving efficiency of that use are key parts of an energy management programme, within an organisation. The energy audit is the hub of this understanding and subsequent focus on measures for improvement. For many years there has been a range of interpretations of this process, and the new standard is welcomed internationally in ensuring a consistent and reliable approach, such that recommendations can be implemented with total confidence”.
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