Energy audits were introduced in July 2014 by Italian Legislative Decree 102/2014. The parties required to monitor loads according to ENEA guidelines are large and energy-intensive companies, and the data relevant for this round of audits is that gathered during 2022.
What is the aim of energy audits?
The aim of an energy audit is to investigate the situation at the production site or buildings occupied by companies, in order to raise awareness of consumption and launch energy-efficiency and sustainability initiatives with them.
For this reason, even parties that are not legally bound to carry out an energy audit may benefit greatly from the process and use it as an opportunity to improve, reduce energy spending, and increase environmental sustainability, including through organisational-carbon-footprint analysis, an increasingly requested service.
Companies required to perform an energy audit may choose to limit themselves to meeting the national requirement by adopting a passive approach, but they can also utilise audits as a chance to implement energy-efficiency initiatives within their company. This translates into lower energy costs and therefore lower energy spending per product, making them more competitive in the market.
What are the operational phases of energy audits?
The energy audit process is composed of different phases, all of which equally important and essential:
- Gathering data relevant for the energy audit
- Initial inspections and visits aimed at verifying the organisational situation at the company, problems linked to energy consumption (thermal and electrical) of the production process and general services.
- Analysis and processing of data gathered during surveys.
_Mapping of company loads.
_Graphic representation of the composition of the company’s energy consumption (CONSUMPTION PIE CHART)
- Feasibility study for implementation of energy-consumption monitoring system
_Identification of significant energy-consumption centres to monitor.
_Verification of compliance with ENEA guidelines for monitoring in the industrial sector.
_Identification of time frames, methods and costs for implementation of the system.
- Sector benchmark analysis: evaluating production performance of companies in relation to average performance for Italian companies in the sector and/or in relation to production performance of equivalent group companies.
- Identification of main actions to improve energy efficiency, with indication of payback times.
- Evaluation of opportunities to obtain White Certificates for energy-efficiency actions.
- Evaluation of opportunities to access to funding and incentives (European, national, regional and provincial) for investment in plants or structures recently completed or in the implementation phase or those proposed following an energy audit.
- Drafting of the energy-audit report.
- Definition of energy-efficiency measures (technological and management-based) with indication of the level of priority for each one of them.
- Uploading of documentation onto ENEA portal.
- Presentation of the findings of the energy audit at the customer’s premises.
- Planning activities for coming years, for continuous improvement of company energy performance and sustainability.
Continuous improvement is key, and this is ensured by energy-efficiency pathways for companies that continue beyond the year in which they are mandatory, adapted to the maturity of the business but always considering these central aspects:
- Energy spending: checking whether there may be supply contracts available on the market that are cheaper for the end customer and checking the details of invoices issued by suppliers.
- Constant verification of energy performance to detect any anomalies in operation of machinery and verify whether performance recorded differs from that selected.
- Analysis of energy-efficiency measures to establish the feasibility of measures with a greater level of detail, involving suppliers of technology with which we usually carry out full supplier tender procedures.
We employ the CloE platform for our analyses, which has a modular structure, offering an app specially developed to carry out energy audits, which is an essential tool for the Energy Management Expert (EME), enabling more customised analysis and planning of actions.
Energy Team is an Energy Service Company (ESCo) with UNI CEI 11352 certification, guaranteeing the use of standardised and effective procedures to offer the necessary support for energy-efficiency projects. This certification enables our experts to work with companies from all industrial sectors and with the public administration.