Against the background of global warming, it is not only the expansion of renewable energy sources, but also an increase in energy efficiency that plays a key role in keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.
For this purpose and among other measures, Directive 2012/27/EU (“Energy Efficiency Directive”) was passed at European level, forming the basis for the energy policy targets as well as the national laws and regulations of the individual Member States. This Directive specifically obliges the Member States to promote the availability of energy audits, which Germany transposed into the Energy Services Act (Energiedienstleistungsgesetz – EDL-G).
Becker Büttner Held Consulting AG offers its clients a broad range of products and services tailored to their needs so as to further promote energy efficiency in Germany.
In this respect, our service portfolio includes the performance of energy audits according to DIN 16247-1 as well as the implementation and operation of energy management systems (EMS) in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001.
To ensure that also small and medium-sized companies contribute to achieving the energy and climate policy objectives, the Federal Government issued the funding guideline “SME Energy Consulting Programme”. This guideline is to support small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in identifying and boosting energy efficiency potentials through funded energy audits.
As the guideline expanded the group of energy auditors that companies may draw on, municipal utility companies may now also carry out energy audits eligible for funding – if they have been recognised as energy auditors for SMEs by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA). This recognition is subject not only to proof of a basic qualification, but also to the specialist qualification programme “Energieberater im Mittelstand” (energy auditor for SMEs) run by BBHC and GUTcert.