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Order No. 1212 on obligatory energy audit in large commercial enterprises.

Type of law

The Order sets regulations concerning the mandatory auditing of energy supply provided by commercial and large companies and subsidiaries in Denmark and Danish subsidiaries of large foreign companies (commercial activities employing at least 250 employees and with an annual turnover of minimum EUR 50 million, or with an annual balance of min. EUR 43 million). It applies in particular to energy and environmental management systems, including content, scope, reporting, verification and application of relevant standards and whether full or partial exemptions are necessary for energy audits covered by other legislations. Prior to 5 December 2015, energy audits must be carried out by DANAK (The Danish Accreditation Fund) accredited professionals and at least every 4 years. Energy audit shall meet the following requirements: Updated, measured, traceable operating data on energy (1); Include a detailed review of the energy profile of buildings or groups of buildings, industrial activities or facilities, and transportation (2); Construction of a life cycle cost analysis instead of simple payback periods to take into account long-term savings, long-term investments residual values and discount rates whenever possible (3); Be proportionate and sufficiently large to make it possible to draw an accurate picture of the overall energy performance and reliably identify the most significant opportunities for improvement (4); Allow for detailed and validated calculations of the proposed measures, so as to provide accurate information on potential savings (5); The data used in energy audits shall be retained by the operator for historical analysis and development of energy performance.
This Order consists of 5 Chapters: Scope and definitions (1); Mandatory energy audits (2); Qualifications and requirements to carry out energy audits (3); Reporting (4); Entry into force (5).
Date of text
Entry into force notes
25 November 2014.
Companies using and maintaining an environmental management system at the time of entry into force of this Order, shall comply with the latest provision requirements for energy audit and the renewal of certification to be exempted from the requirement of mandatory energy audits.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse om obligatorisk energisyn i store virksomheder.