In this year 2015 it is expected to see the light the Royal Decree transposes into Spanish law Directive 2012/27 / EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency, laying amending Directives 2009/125 / EC and 2010/30 / EU, and Directives 2004/8 / EC and 2006/32 / EC is repealed.
Directive 2012/27 / EU provides in Article 8 undergo mandatory energy audits by companies not SMEs before December 5, 2015. To fulfill this European mandate, Spain has developed a draft royal decree which will transpose, among others, this aspect of the Directive. This project underwent public information last year, however, today, has not yet been adopted definitively. The draft royal decree specifies the companies that need to conduct energy audits, defining the concept of large enterprises to people who:• employing more than 250 people• whose annual turnover exceeds 50 million euros or an annual balance sheet exceeds EUR 43 million. Excluded from the scope of the SME application, ie those which, in accordance with Title I of Annex to Recommendation 2003/361 / EC of 6 May 2003, fall within the definition of micro, small and medium enterprises. As established in the draft Royal Decree, before 5 December 2015 large companies should have already made the energy audit or have implemented a system of energy or environmental management, certified by an independent body in accordance with European or international standards appropriate, provided that the management system concerned includes an energy audit performed in accordance with the minimum guidelines set in this project. Annex VI of the Energy Efficiency Directive establishes minimum criteria for energy audits including those conducted as part of energy management systems. According to the first draft, the scope of energy audits cover 85% of final energy consumption of all facilities owned by a company and an autonomous community. The energy auditor, an individual with proven personnel and competence to conduct an energy audit and technical capacity, shall be duly accredited. With all this, many Spanish companies are showing their concern about the failure to meet this European mandate, although it is known in its essence, in Spain have not yet put the mechanisms to perform it. Referring to energy audits, the draft Royal Decree also includes the creation of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of an administrative record of energy audits and inspection system of the same set.