European Standard for General Audit
BS EN 16247- Energy Audit
An energy audit is an important step for an organisation, whatever its size or type, wanting to improve its energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and bring related environmental benefits.
This European Standard defines the attributes of a good quality energy audit. It states the requirements for energy audits and corresponding obligations within the energy auditing process. It recognises that there are differences in approach to energy auditing in terms of scope, aims and thoroughness, but seeks to harmonise common aspects of energy auditing in order to bring more clarity and transparency to the market for energy auditing services. The energy audit process is presented as a simple chronological sequence; this does not preclude however repeated iterations of certain steps.
This standard applies to commercial, industrial, residential and public-sector organisations, excluding individual private dwellings.
The standard does not deal with the energy audit programme/scheme properties (such as programme administration, training of energy auditors, quality control issues, energy auditors' tools,etc.).
This European standard specifies the requirements, common methodology and deliverables for energy audits. It applies to all forms of establishments and organisations, all forms of energy and uses of energy, excluding individual private dwellings.
This European standard covers the general requirements common to all energy audits. Specific energy audit requirements will complete the general requirements in separate parts dedicated to energy audits for buildings, industrial processes and transportation.
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EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest home and business energy suppliers. Following the BS EN 1624-7 standard, EDF Energy delivered an energy audit for the Marine Biological Association (MBA). EDF Energy found “By working to the new standard for energy audits, we were able to implement a standardized, clear process for delivering consistent audits.
Saint-Gobain Group is a world leader in the global habitat, construction and industrial markets. The company designs, manufactures and distributes advanced building and high performance materials. “We’re aware of the upcoming EU and UK legislation around energy audits and wanted to assess our ability to provide a service to comply with the upcoming government scheme. BS EN 16247-1 provided a clear but flexible set of criteria to use as a framework.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS)
(RBS) provides banking services in the UK and Ireland under retail brands including RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank. It has around 2,500 properties, including offices, data centres, industrial units and high street banks. By using this standard, RBS have a potential carbon reductions/carbon off-set equating to a cost saving of £59.3k and a reassurance that its current approach to energy auditing is sound.