NEWS ON DEADLINES FOR MANDATORY ENERGY AUDITS :
Directive 2012/27/EU of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency requires large enterprises to undergo an energy audit of their activities every four years. It establishes that the first audits must be implemented by 5 December 2015.
For enterprises that have not been subject to an energy audit of their activities by 5 December 2015, penalties of up to 2% of their turnover (excluding tax) for the last financial year for which accounts are closed, raised to 4% in the event of a further breach of this obligation, are established by Article L233-4 of the Energy Code.
Due to the stiff penalties and the delay in implementing energy audits in France, the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy has been asked to extend the deadline for conducting mandatory energy audits. 3j-Consult is currently awaiting an official response from the ministry. A change in deadlines will probably be accompanied by changes in procedure.