With the Energy Efficiency Act, which came into force in 2015, companies in Austria face new challenges. Now all non-SME companies have to carry out an energy audit every four years in accordance with the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Act.
Also Julius Blum GmbH will have to repeat respectively carry out the energy audit at a total of eight locations by October 2020. As the energy team does not yet have any listed energy auditors for carrying out energy audits, the energy team is supported by the FfE. The following work packages are carried out in preparation for this:
- GAP analysis of energy audit templates: comparison of the existing templates of the energy data collection sheet and energy consulting report with the legal requirements and the special requirements of Julius Blum GmbH
- Further training in measurement concept: Implementation of a one-day workshop for the creation of measurement concepts including the creation of a measurement concept for an exemplary plant (based on the workshop on energy key figures already conducted)
The training of the energy team firstly takes place by the FfE employees leading the auditing of the first locations and teaching their approach to the employees at Julius Blum GmbH. From audit to audit, the employees of Julius Blum GmbH constantly take on a larger share of the processing of the audits themselves and the FfE checks whether the steps were carried out correctly. These are mainly the steps:
- Data collection with audit questionnaire
- On-site visit
- Analyse of the energetic actual state
- Identification and quantification of measures to increase energy efficiency
Based on the experience gained during the cooperation, it is finally worked out together which training courses would be useful for the individual members of the energy team and are also relevant in order to have them officially listed as energy auditors.