Energy efficiency | RD 56/2016

Transposed Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency to achieve the targets set in the EU 2020.

Last February 13 was published Royal Decree 56/2016 of 12 February, Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on transposes Efficiency energy, in terms of energy audits, accreditation of service providers and energy auditors and promoting efficiency power supply (BOE 38 of 13 February 2016).

The energy audit is applicable to large companies, considered those with more than 250 employees and/or have a turnover exceeding 50 million and a balance sheet exceeding 43 million euros. Similarly, it will apply to social groups laid down in Article 42 of the Code of Commerce. Excluded SMEs and micro-enterprises.

Large companies should perform an energy audit every 4 years from the date of the previous energy audit, providing a period of 9 months to present the first energy audit. (Maximum term, the November 14, 2016).

To justify compliance with the obligations established by Royal Decree, the forced companies may use one of the following two alternatives:

  • Perform an energy audit as provided in Article 3 paragraph 3 of the same Royal Decree.
  • Implement an energy management system or environment, certified by an independent body according to European or international standards (such as ISO 50001), provided that includes an energy audit pursuant to Article 3 paragraph 3 of the Royal Decree.
  • If the company has an energy efficiency certification according to RD 235/2013 will cover only part of the building, provided they include recommendations for improving energy efficiency.

The energy audit should cover 85% of the total energy consumed, of all the facilities in the country, and which form part of industrial, commercial and service activities. The energy audit shall be based on operational data updated measured and verifiable. Furthermore, it should be representative and reliable to determine the most significant opportunities for improvement.

Transport, both within the facilities and vehicle fleets should be included in the audit. detailed and validated calculations for the proposed measures are reflected, providing clear information on potential savings. The data used must be capable stored for historical analysis and tracking of energy performance.
Failure to comply with this Royal Decree may involve sanctions up to 60 million euros.

See RD 56/2016 pdf

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