The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) mandates large organisations to complete energy audits every four years. This requirement was transposed into Irish legislation in SI 426 of 2014 and amended by SI 626 of 2016 and SI 599 of 2019.

About the scheme

The Energy Auditing Compliance Scheme is designated by SEAI as meeting the minimum requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Energy Auditing Compliance Scheme consists of:

  1. Minimum Criteria for Energy Audits
  2. Energy audit compliance notification system
  3. Energy Audit Scheme (register of energy auditors)
  4. Guidance on energy audits

Minimum criteria for Energy Audits

SEAI have established and published Minimum Criteria for Energy Audits, to cover buildings or groups of buildings, industrial operations or installations, including transportation, based on guidelines as laid out in Annex VI of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Minimum Criteria for Audits about Minimum criteria for Energy Audits

Energy audit compliance notification system

Companies and public bodies who are required to undertake an energy audit (“an obligated entity”) must have the necessary audit carried out and report to SEAI. SEAI have established an online notification system. Please click on the link below to complete a notification to SEAI.

Complete your form about Energy audit compliance notification system

Register of Energy Auditors

Depending on your route to compliance, the company / public body that is obligated must engage a Registered Energy Auditor to complete the audit or to confirm in writing that the management system fulfils the requirement for an audit.

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Quality assurance

SEAI has an obligation to monitor compliance with this legal requirement and to ensure that the quality of the audits undertaken meets minimum criteria. We established the Energy Auditing Scheme in 2015 to provide a framework for the undertaking of audits in an independent and competent manner. We have processes in place for compliance checking and quality assurance.

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Guidance on Energy Audits

Energy Audit Handbook

SEAI’s Energy Audit Handbook provides step-by-step guidance for a typical energy audit process, from audit preparation and pre-analysis through to site visit and reporting findings.  It is especially useful for those seeking to undertake their first energy audit.

Guide to Achieving Compliance

This document outlines how the Energy Auditing Compliance Scheme operates in Ireland, what the audit needs to cover and report on to demonstrate compliance, as well as the consequences of non-compliance.

SEAI Guide to Energy Audit Compliance about Guidance on Energy Audits

EU Emissions trading scheme

Participants in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) may hold greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions permit(s) with respect to their energy-related GHG emissions. The energy consumption associated with GHG emissions, explicitly monitored and reported as a condition of GHG emissions permit(s), no longer constitutes an exemption in itself from the requirement for an audit in accordance with the legislation. Legislation (SI 599 of 2019) requires obligated entities to ensure that a sites energy consumption is audited in accordance with the provisions of the Energy Audit Compliance Scheme and its supporting legislation.

Become a registered Energy Auditor

Join the SEAI Register of Energy Auditors and conduct energy audits under the Energy Audit Scheme. As a registered Energy Auditor you may be contracted by a large enterprise to carry out an energy audit. 

To learn more about the role of an energy auditor and the criteria you must meet to become one, please visit the 'Registered Energy Auditor' page.

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