Legislation and subsidies for energy efficiency

To understand just how far along the energy efficiency road Spain has travelled, the key concept is undoubtedly the “energy audit”. From an objective standpoint, the audit can be seen as the tool via which energy saving potential is identified in the object of the study (building, process, etc.) using the energy flows analysis created. However a more ad hoc definition that is designed for those responsible for investing in the service can be obtained by substituting the word ‘energy’ for ‘economy’. This may seem simplistic, but it could be the answer. We do not know if technological development will simplify the procedures for obtaining electrical power, but one thing is clear: the international community will one way or another end up paying for its wastage.

Many measures have been adopted in recent years to incentivise the Spanish business owner and in particular, everything that is related to the hotel sector, to take advantage of this tool. Undoubtedly, the most resounding commitment to promoting this measure will be the implementation of Directive 2012/27/ EU that will require every large company to undertake an energy audit of its activities or to introduce an Energy Management System, such as the well-known ISO 50001. Implementation is still pending and it is hoped that its arrival will be imminent, as it requires these audits to be undertaken by October this year, something that is already an uphill task.

There is also Law 8/2013 on urban refurbishment, regeneration and renovation. This requires every collective or similar residential building (citing hotels as an example) to have a Building Assessment Report (IEE) available prior to applying for any public funding. This document, valid for 10 years, includes the Energy Certificate, the Technical Inspection of the Building and the Accessibility Report. Read more…

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Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2015