Energy Audit

Energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1: how to simply fulfil the obligation

Since the amended "Law on Energy Services and other Energy Efficiency Measures" (EDL-G) came into force in Europe in spring 2015, many companies have been obliged to carry out energy audits in accordance with DIN EN 16247-1. This applies to companies in all sectors that are not small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as defined by the European Union. SMEs, on the other hand, must provide proof of an energy audit in order to be able to apply for peak compensation.

Which advantages does the cooperation and certification by Bode offer?

  • Taking over the data collection, application, other correspondence
  • Guided by our employees with BAFA know-how
  • Identification of energy saving potentials
  • They meet the legal requirements
  • Funding estimation (more on funding)
  • and everything from one source

What is an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1?

The energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1 is used to analyse the energy consumption of a company. The aim is to find out how much energy is consumed in which areas. Energy-related key figures are formed and measures for improvement are derived, such as efficient lighting, efficient office equipment, efficient heat production, efficient ventilation/air conditioning, compressed air or even insulation-specific measures that help the respective company to reduce energy consumption.

What are the requirements for an energy audit?

The requirements for an energy audit are described in the Energy Services and Other Energy Efficiency Measures Act (EDL-G). The energy audit must meet the requirements of DIN EN 16247-1 (October 2012 edition). In addition, the energy consumption of the company must be determined. This is based on current, measured and verifiable operating data and load profiles of the energy consumption. These data are used to create energy consumption profiles of buildings, operational processes and additionally - in industry - transport. For comparability, methods such as a life cycle analysis are used, as these are more meaningful than a simple consideration of the payback period. All these factors and requirements result in the need for certified auditors in order to successfully carry out an energy audit.

How does an energy audit work?

  1. Introductory contact and offer preparation
  2. Kick-off meeting and analysis of the focal points in the company
  3. Data acquisition and consumption data procurement
  4. Implementation of the field work or on-site analysis
  5. Analysis phase and reporting
  6. Delivery of the report for submission to BAFA
  7. Final discussion and, in the best case: deriving measures
  8. Certification according to DIN EN 16247 -1 by your energy auditors from the Bode planning office

Why must an energy audit be carried out?

Since the amended "Law on Energy Services and other Energy Efficiency Measures" (EDL-G) came into force in spring 2015, many companies have been obliged to carry out energy audits in accordance with DIN 16247-1. Obligated are companies in all sectors that are not SMEs according to the definition of the European Union. SMEs, on the other hand, are obliged to provide proof of an energy audit in order to be able to apply for peak compensation. Companies that fail to comply with this obligation and do not carry out an audit are liable to a fine of up to € 50,000.

The goal of energy audits is to increase energy efficiency in the EU by 20% by 2020.

Which companies are in the obligation according to EDL-G § 8?

Energieaudit Pflicht
  • Companies with more than 250 employees are obliged to provide evidence of an audit
  • Companies with an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million and a balance sheet total of more than EUR 43 million are obliged to carry out an audit
  • More than 50,000 companies had to carry out energy audits by 05.12.2015 - and every four years thereafter.
  • The next deadline for carrying out the energy audit is therefore 05.12.2019 at the latest
  • Companies that have introduced an energy management system (EnMS) according to DIN EN ISO 50001 are exempt from this obligation

New in 2019: verification of the de minimis threshold

If a company has a total energy consumption of 500,000 kWh or less, only an online form needs to be filled out. Basic data on the company, as well as energy consumption and energy costs, are sufficient. No further documents are required. Nevertheless, BAFA may request the necessary supporting documents and evidence (e.g. billing documents, fuel receipts, etc.) in a spot check in order to verify the data.

Who carries out the energy audit?

Kundenzufriedenheit Energieaudit

Audits of the energy supply must be carried out by a qualified expert in accordance with DIN 16247 (alternatively: EMAS) in order to fulfil the obligations under the Energy Services Act (EDL-G).

In addition, the energy auditor must provide independent, manufacturer-, supplier- and sales-neutral advice and may not be involved in the activities to be audited, which makes an internal audit more difficult. These characteristics must be proven in an inspection to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for an audit certificate.

You want to be on the safe side?
Then commission an independent energy consultant to carry out the energy audit. By being listed as energy auditors at the BAFA, our experts demonstrably fulfil the criteria and conditions mentioned (Bode, Münster under Energy Auditor List of the BAFA). We therefore carry out the entire process from the initial discussion to the final audit report for presentation to the BAFA.

What is a medium-sized energy consultancy?

Small and medium-sized companies also benefit from introducing an energy audit or energy management system (EnMS) according to these requirements. For this purpose, the Federal Government offers numerous support programmes for the respective concepts, for example for initial certification, software or measurement technology. Your team from the Bode Planning Office in Münster will be happy to help you with the consultation, introduction and implementation of such an audit or energy management system.

You are an SME and interested in a voluntary energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1? Then please visit our page Energy Consulting for SMEs for further information.

Helpful links

Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA)

  • Energy audit
  • Instruction sheet for energy audits (direct download, PDF, 914KB)
  • Energy Services Act (EDL-G)
  • User guide to the definition of SMEs (direct download, PDF, 1096KB)
  • Energy auditor search of BAFA

Your contact persons for energy audits

Katharina Oelerich M.Eng.
Project Engineer

Katharina Oelerich is from the Münsterland region: A-levels in Ahaus, Master in Steinfurt (Münster University of Applied Sciences, industrial engineering, technical management with specialisation in energy technology) and then project engineer in Ahaus near Bode. And last but not least, she is your contact person for questions about subsidy programmes, the energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001, energy audits and energy consulting for medium-sized companies.

Competencies & Interests: energy audits: Data analysis, on-site consulting / energy management / energy technology / Taebo / hiking

Contact: +49 (0) 2561 86718-0;, Subject: TGA Ahaus

Marcel Stüer M.Eng.
Business Development

Development, that is Marcel Stüer's keyword: After training as a technical draftsman, he single-mindedly continued his ambitions in environmental and climate protection with the Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering. After having successfully built up the Industry, Trade & Commerce division as head of department, he is now responsible for business development at Bode Planungsgesellschaft - and now ensures effective project progress in all business areas on a daily basis. According to the motto: follow developments and develop success.

Competencies & Interests: BAFA and KfW listed energy consultant / Energy consulting for non-residential buildings of local authorities (BAFA) / Subsidies for new construction and renovation of energy-efficient real estate or plant engineering / Technology focus on waste heat / Energy audits according to DIN EN 16247-1 / Introduction of DIN EN ISO 50001 / Brewing / Sports (football, jogging, fitness, squash)

Contact: +49 (0) 251 674487-0;, Subject: Head Office

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