The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) is committed to meeting its energy efficiency and emissions targets. A number of measures have been identified to ensure that this happens. These cover core activities in the public sector, utilities, buildings and transport, how energy projects are financed and the energy use in large enterprises.
The directive has been transposed into Irish Law under Statutory Instrument (SI) 426 of 2014. Part 3 of this legislation covers Energy Audits. It states that ‘non-SMEs’ (large enterprises) must carry out an energy audit of their operations every four years. The first audit must be completed by the 5th December 2015.