The European standard EN 16247 regulates the field of energy management and defines the requirements of energy audits. But how is it structured and what are its advantages? EnExpert explains!
In general, an energy audit aims to systematically examine the energy use and consumption of companies, organizations, facilities and buildings in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. The EN 16247 standard specifies the requirements that an energy audit must meet in order to be considered of good quality. This is intended to create clarity and transparency in the market for energy audit services.
Overall, the EN consists of 5 parts, with the first part being of importance for energy audits.
- Part 1: General requirements
- Part 2: Buildings
- Part 3: Processes
- Part 4: Transport
- Part 5: Competence of energy auditors
EN 16247-1 General requirements
The General Requirements define the scope, normative references, and terms. In addition, the quality requirements are set out. These state that an energy audit must be qualified, transparent, and disclose possible conflicts of interest. Furthermore, an energy audit must be appropriate, complete and representative, include analyses of energy savings, and the results must be verifiable.
In addition, the first part also defines all the elements of the energy audit process. Here, the objectives, requirements, scope and limits, period of implementation and requirements of the data must be defined in advance.
EN 16247-2 Buildings
The second part of EN 16247 describes the specific requirements, methods and results of an energy audit for buildings. These are in addition to the general requirements.
EN 16247-3 Processes
The third part of EN 16247 describes the specific requirements, methods and results of an energy audit for industrial processes. These must be applied to all sites where energy consumption is caused.
EN 16247-4 Transport
The fourth part covers the additional requirements for energy audits in the transport sector.
EN 16247-5 Competent of energy auditors
The last part of EN 16247 includes qualification programs for energy auditors for the national level.
EN 16247 has many advantages for your company:
- Saving potential of energy costs
- Strengthening of competitiveness
- Transparency of internal processes
- Possibility of optimizing internal company processes
- Sensitization of employees for the economical use of energy and resources
- Creation of a technical basis for an energy management system, such as EnExpert’s energy management system.
We hope EnExpert has provided clarity on the subject of EN 16247. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us without obligation!