Energy Management [DIN EN ISO 50001]
An energy management system helps you to monitor your energy consumption and to reduce energy costs. Furthermore, with a certified energy management system according to ISO 50001, you fulfill the requirements of the legislator regarding refunds of energy and electricity taxes according to §55 EnergieStG and §10 StromStG.
As independent consultants with many years of experience and a high level of methodological and technical expertise, we will support you in the introduction and maintenance of your energy management system in accordance with the current standard revision of ISO 50001. With a systematic approach, we pursue the goal of continuous improvement of your energy efficiency and thus the continuous reduction of your energy costs and CO2 emissions.
We are also happy to accompany you in the long term as an external energy management officer.
Integrated management system
We will help you to integrate the energy management system into your existing management system (quality, environmental, occupational health and safety). The 50001 standard on the energy management system is structured like the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards in the High Level Structure and works with the same terms and definitions. These standards thus provide the ideal conditions for an integrated management system (IMS). A well-functioning IMS bundles resources.
According to the ISO 50001 standard, the management system must be evaluated at regular intervals by means of an internal audit. In addition to determining the current status of your management system, internal audits can also identify significant energy efficiency potential. In a cycle of 3 years, all processes of your company’s energy management system are audited for compliance with standard.
The internal audit is performed by the internal auditor, who must be “competent” and “independent” according to the ISO standard – this ties up additional resources. ISO 19011 serves as a guideline for the implementation.
As trained and independent auditors, we will conduct professional internal audits in your company in accordance with DIN EN ISO 19011.
Our services within the scope of the internal audit:
- Audit planning
- Audit interview
- Audit of all chapters of the ISO 50001 standard
- Preparation of a detailed audit report
- Presentation of the results to the management
Training & Awareness
The ISO 50001 standard has explicitly enshrined the topics of awareness and competence as individual standard chapters. This emphasizes the great (and often underestimated) importance of these topics. With a strong awareness of energy in general and of energy management, waste of energy can be eliminated without high investment costs and thus energy costs can be reduced. We are happy to support you in building awareness and competence of your employees on your energy management system. Our trainings are thematically individually adapted to your company and the desired staff.
- Planning and coordination of training content
- Preparation of training materials for internal use
- Conduct of in-house and online training courses
- Training for managers
Corporate compliance is an essential part of the energy, environment and occupational health and safety management systems. A standardized procedure for updating and identifying the relevant laws, ordinances and administrative regulations is very helpful in this regard. We will help you to set up a legal register and keep it up to date. We identify and evaluate the binding obligations and create the reference to company-specific processes, areas and facilities.
Energy Audit [DIN EN 16247-1]
Energy audits have been mandatory for numerous companies since 2015. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has been reviewing the implementation of this obligation, which is enshrined in the German Energy Services Act (EDL-G), since 2016. For the implementation of an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247-1, we see ourselves as a competent partner at your side. Since its introduction, our BAFA-listed auditors have successfully conducted over 100 audits at companies in a wide range of industries. The procedure and key points of an energy audit are prescribed as follows:
- Competence of the energy auditor
- Data collection and identification of energy consuming systems and processes
- Recording of the measuring systems and consumers in the form of a walk-through inspection
- Analysis of the energy flows
- Suggestions for energy saving opportunities
- Comparison of different solutions
- Preparation of an explicit audit report
- Presentation of the results of the audit to the management
We will conduct an energy audit for you in accordance with DIN EN 16247-1, show you potential savings and, if possible, find a suitable funding program to implement any potential that has been uncovered.
If you are not obliged to have an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247 according to §§ 8 ff EDL-G (e.g. as an SME), the costs for the energy audit can be subsidized with up to 6,000 €. More about this in section Subsidies.
Energy consulting in medium-sized businesses
Energy consulting services are an important instrument in identifying energy savings potential and applying measures to improve energy efficiency in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through qualified guidance.
The consultation should demonstrate economically rational energy efficiency potentials regarding buildings and facilities, as well as user behaviour.
The aim of the Government is to further the number of the carried-out consultations in SMEs and consequently increase the existing energy-saving potentials. Economical energy usage in a company can make a significant contribution to energy security as well as climate change mitigation.
Subsidized energy consultations are high quality energy audits as defined in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Use the experience of our energy auditors and profit from a subsidized energy consultation.
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Climate Report [DIN EN ISO 14064 – Carbon Footprint]
One important foundation for the global fight against climate change has long been laid (COP21 Paris Agreement, COP26 Glasgow) and climate protection has been placed at the center of political action.
The so-called carbon footprint represents a decisive and accepted standard, which presents the emissions balance transparently and enables the comparability of different companies.
A distinction is made between the Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) and the Product Carbon Footprint (PCF). In accordance with ISO 14064 and the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol), the carbon footprint is divided into three scopes:
Emissions from sources directly owned or controlled by you (e.g., operation of your own boiler or vehicle fleet)
Emissions from the use of energy that you purchase (e.g. your own electricity consumption, heating, cooling, etc.). If your company generates the electrical energy itself, then this electricity is not accounted for as Scope 2, but the used fuel is accounted for under Scope 1 (direct) emissions.
Emissions resulting from activities that do not directly belong to your company (e.g., from business travel or waste management)
We determine the carbon footprint of your company for you.
- Coordination of the scope
- Calculation of the carbon footprint of your company
- Preparation of an analysis for internal and external communication
- Identification of the areas of the company that cause the most emissions
- Development of a roadmap for the reduction of CO2 emissions
- Identification of CO2 compensation options for unavoidable emissions
- Accompaniment and support on the way to climate neutrality
With regard to the creation of the carbon footprint as well as the creation of a transformation concept, there are possibilities for funding. We would be happy to advise you on this and apply for the relevant funding. More about this in section Subsidies.
Every year, the federal and state governments provide a wide variety of subsidies for industry, commerce and municipalities. We will show you the funding opportunities for your projects and take care of:
- The application process,
- The compilation of all necessary documents and
- Proving the usage of the funding
This is how you get the most out of public subsidies. The most common subsidy programs are briefly presented below.
Bundesförderung für Energie- und Ressourceneffizienz in der Wirtschaft – Zuschuss und Kredit
(Federal funding for energy and resource efficiency in business – grant and loan)
The funding guideline ” Bundesförderung für Energie- und Ressourceneffizienz in der Wirtschaft – Zuschuss und Kredit” was fundamentally amended as of 01.11.2021 and now also includes the topic of resource efficiency. The amendment of the guideline includes an expansion of module 4 to include the funding element resource efficiency and a new module 5 for transformation concepts to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality. In addition, the maximum funding amounts in modules 2 to 4 have been increased. The following is a brief overview of the 5 modules.
Module 1: Cross-sectional technologies / specific individual measures
Here, replacement or new acquisition of highly efficient aggregates is funded.
- Elektric motors and drives
- Compressed air systems and their higher-level control
- Heat recovery
- Frequency converter
The minimum investment volume is € 2,000 (net). The maximum subsidy is € 200,000 with a subsidy rate of up to 40%.
Module 2: Process heat from renewable energies
Here, the replacement or new acquisition of equipment for the provision of heat from subsequent technologies is funded. More than 50 % of their heat must be used in the process.
- Solar collectors
- Biomass plants
- Heat pumps
In addition to the above-mentioned heat generators, the following costs / system components are eligible for funding
- Heat accumulator
- Connection of the heat generators to the respective heat sink(s)
- Substructures for solar collectors and necessary construction measures
- Measurement and data acquisition systems
- Planning costs
- Installation and assembly costs
The maximum subsidy is €15 million per investment project with a subsidy rate of up to 55% of the eligible investment costs.
Module 3: MCR technology, Sensors and energy management software
Here, the acquisition and installation as well as the commissioning of subsequent software and hardware are funded.
- Software solutions to support energy and environmental management systems
- Sensor technology for recording energy flows and other relevant data
- Control engineering for processes and systems
Eligible costs includes:
- Acquisition and initial licensing of software solutions
- Acquisition of sensors, transducers, data loggers
- Instruction and training of staff
- Incidental costs such as commissioning and cabling as well as the preparation of a system concept by external third parties
The maximum subsidy is €15 million per investment project with a subsidy rate of up to 40% of the eligible investment costs.
Module 4: Energy-related optimization of plants and processes
Here, funding is provided for investment measures to optimize the energy efficiency of processes in order to increase energy and resource efficiency and reduce the use of fossil fuels or CO2-intensive resources. Funding in module 4 is open to all technologies.
- Process and procedure conversion to efficient technologies of production processes
- Measures for the use of exhaust heat from processes
- Measures on systems for heat supply, cooling and ventilation
- Efficient provision of process heating and cooling
- Avoidance of energy and resource losses in processes
In addition, costs for the preparation of a savings concept and the implementation and monitoring of the measures by external energy consultants are also funded.
The projects have to lead to a reduction in fossil energy consumption and be planned with an energy savings concept. The payback period must be at least 3 years (not including subsidies).
When applying for module 4, a savings concept must be submitted by an energy consultant listed in the program ” Bundesförderung für Energieberatung für Nichtwohngebäude, Anlagen und Systeme; Modul 1: Energieaudit DIN EN 16247″.
The maximum funding is €15 million per investment project with a funding rate of up to 50% of the eligible investment costs. The funding rate is limited to €500 per ton of CO2 saved per year. For SMEs, a maximum funding rate of €900 per ton of CO2 saved applies.
Module 5: Transformation concepts
Module 5 makes concepts for transforming the company toward greenhouse gas neutrality eligible for funding. Eligible investment costs include:
- Preparation and certification of a CO2 balance sheet for sites in Germany
- Consulting costs for the creation and implementation of the concept
- Cross-company consulting costs in connection with the creation of the transformation concept (for companies in a supply chain)
- Measurement, data collection and data procurement for the transformation concept (Module 3 is also possible for this)
The maximum grant is €80,000 with a funding rate of up to 60% of eligible costs.
Bundesförderung für Energieberatung für Nichtwohngebäude, Anlagen und Systeme
(Federal funding for energy consulting for nonresidential buildings, facilities, and systems)
The “Energieberatung im Mittelstand“ program expired on 31.12.2020. On 01.01.2021, the ” Bundesförderung für Energieberatung für Nichtwohngebäude, Anlagen und Systeme” came into force. The implementation of an energy audit to analyze the existing energy consumption profile and possible savings measures is now eligible for funding via Module 1 of the new program. In addition to SMEs, non-SMEs, local authorities and non-profit organizations and institutions are also eligible to apply, provided they are not subject to mandatory audits under sections 8 et seq. of the Energy Services Act (EDL-G). Energy audits (module 1), energy consulting for renovation and new construction (module 2) and contracting orientation consulting (module 3) are eligible for funding.
The energy audit is subsidized with 80% of the eligible consulting costs. The maximum subsidy for companies with annual energy costs greater than €10,000 is €6,000; for companies with annual energy costs less than €10,000, the maximum subsidy is limited to €1,200. The subsidy is also available in the form of partial financing.
The program is expected to run until the end of 2024.
Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude
(Federal funding for efficient buildings)
The „Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude (BEG)“ of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) combines the previous programs for promoting energy efficiency in buildings. The BEG aims to trigger investments to increase energy efficiency and the share of renewable energies in energy consumption for heating and cooling in buildings in Germany.
The BEG is divided into the following 3 subprograms:
- Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude – residential buildings (BEG WG)
- Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude – non-residential buildings (BEG NWG)
- Bundesförderung für effiziente Gebäude – individual measures (BEG EM)
Eligible to apply are:
- Private individuals and condominium owners’ associations
- freelance professionals
- Municipal regional authorities, municipal associations of municipalities and special-purpose associations, as well as legally dependent proprietary companies of municipal regional authorities, insofar as they act for the purpose of providing public services
- Corporations and institutions under public law, e.g. chambers or associations
- non-profit organizations, including churches
- companies, including sole proprietors and municipal companies
- other legal entities under private law, including housing cooperatives
An overview of eligible measures under the BEG can be found here: Fördermöglichkeiten (BAFA)
Specialized planning and construction support are subsidized at 50% of the eligible costs.
Basically, all measures necessary for the execution and functionality are subsidized. This also includes the material, as well as the professional installation and processing by a specialist company. In the case of a new building, the entire construction costs are also included. However, only external expenses are taken into account.