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Germany : Bundestag votes for simplification and further development of mandatory energy audits.

At its meeting on 27 June, the Bundestag passed an amendment to the law on energy services and other energy efficiency measures, which will relieve many companies. A referral to the Federal Council is expected on 20 September 2019. Entry into force is expected in October. The amendment law adapts the regulations on the obligatory implementation of energy audits. The experience from the first 2015 Energy Review Panel has shown that there is a need for further development and simplification in some places. The amendment includes three key changes:

Bagatellschwelle relieves companies with low energy consumption:

Firstly, low-energy companies are relieved of the burden of introducing a de minimis threshold, so-called "non-SMEs". Companies subject to energy audits with a total energy consumption across all energy sources of 500,000 kWh or less per year instead of a full energy audit only have to report selected basic data on their energy consumption and their energy costs via an online mask to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). In return, the companies receive information on savings opportunities and incentive programs to increase energy efficiency. This relieves the burden on around 3,500 companies and reduces the overall compliance burden for the economy by more than EUR 5 million.

Secondly, the quality of energy audits and thus the decision-making basis for companies with regard to energy efficiency investments should be improved by regular training requirements for energy auditors. The content and the schedule will be based on proven regulations from the practice of energy consulting for SMEs. In order to meet the training requirements, the bill provides for a generous transitional period of three years from its entry into force.

Generous transitional period for the submission of the online report:

Finally, in order to improve enforcement transparency, the introduction of an on-line notification is also planned for companies with energy consumption above the new low-threshold consumption threshold. The report is limited to key data from the Energy Audit Report and can usually be provided by the Energy Auditor on behalf of the Company. The information provided is not public and must not be made accessible to unauthorized third parties. Businesses and energy auditors can count on the security of their data to be guaranteed and given top priority. The notification must be made at the latest two months after completion via an online form at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control. For the introductory phase, an extended transitional period is envisaged: all companies,

The Federal Council will discuss the changes on 20 September 2019. An entry into force is expected in October. Further information will be provided by BAFA until its entry into forceWebsite available.

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