FUNDING PROGRAM ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WILL BE CONTINUED IN 2017

From January 1, 2017 on, the new guideline for the promotion of energy management systems of December 20, 2016, will be effective. The guideline (German: Richtlinie für die Förderung von Energiemanagementsystemen vom 20. Dezember 2016 (Fundstelle: BAnz AT 29.12.2016 B1)) was mainly revised editorially. An important content-related change compared to the previous guideline is the cancellation of funding prerequisite certification of an alternative system according to appendix 2 of the German SpaEfV. All other measures such as the initial certification of an energy management system, the external consulting for the implementation of such a system, the acquisition and installation of measuring technology and software, as well as the training of employees to become energy or management representatives will still be funded with the known sums.

PUBLICATION OF ISO 45001 EXPECTED FOR SPRING 2018

International standard ISO 45001 “Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” will probably not be published in 2017 anymore. At the international PC 283 meeting in Toronto (2016) for discussing the comments from the draft (DIS 1) was agreed that a second draft of the standard (DIS 2) is required. The final meeting of the Working Group (WG 1) for discussing all comments and objections as well for preparing DIS 2 took place in February 2017 in Vienna. Thus, DIS 2 was not finished before March/April 2017 and the final draft (FDIS) is not expected until October/November 2017. With this background, the publication of DIN ISO 45001 “Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” is expected for spring 2018. Source: www.iso.org

FREESTYLE SELECTED INSTEAD OF DUTY!

We do not only work in the industrial environment! Our auditors Hans-Werner Lortz and Stefan Eckhardt faced the challenge of auditing the energy management system of Caritasverband Koblenz e.V. / CarMen gem. GmbH. As Martina Best-Liesenfeld, director of Caritas, confirmed, they consciously decided in favor of a certification. “We do not only want to know how much energy we need for certain things but also minimize our needs“. At 16 different sites, an energetic review was carried out, and a documentation conforming to the standard was created in parallel which was integrated into the QM system certified successfully, before. For our audit team, this successful integration as well as the motivation and the engagement for the energy management system of all employees also were outstanding characteristics of Caritasverband Koblenz e.V / CarMen gem. GmbH.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY NETWORK # 100 FOUNDED

What do a soccer club, a zoo, and the public utilities have in common? They are engaged in energy efficiency networks with more than 1000 enterprises. With energy efficiency network # 100, the German government and economic organizations have been doubling the number of knowledge platforms within nine months. Objective of the initiative is to establish around 500 new energy efficiency networks with industry, craft, trade, commerce, and energy industry by the year 2020. Since the beginning in December 2014, a total of more than 1.000 enterprises joined the initiative within the framework of the German national action plan energy efficiency  (Nationaler Aktionsplan Energieeffizienz (NAPE). Since December 7, network # 100 with the city of Bochum as responsible body unites the German soccer club VfL Bochum, the zoo of Bochum and eight more enterprises and organizations of the region at one table. We as DMSZ, as well, are active in the energy efficiency networks.

Together with evm (Energieversorgung Mittelrhein AG), we started an energy efficiency network in Koblenz on March 29, 2017.

Together with evm, we are planning the foundation of another network for Westerwald in autumn 2017.

More information can be found here …

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TAX CAPPING ALSO GRANTED IN 2017

In 2017, as well, enterprises of the production industry can get the full amount of the so-called tax capping for the electricity and energy tax. On January 11, the German federal cabinet confirmed that the enterprises of the production industry have reached the required target value for a reduction of their energy intensity. Basis of this cabinet decision is the report of the German Rheinisch-Westfälischen Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI). In the reference year 2015 which is relevant for application year 2017, the target value for the reduction of the energy intensity is 3.9 per cent compared to the so-called basic value, the average annual energy intensity of the years 2007 to 2012. The target value refers to the whole production industry, it is not broken down to single enterprises. In its report, RWI comes to the result that the actual reduction of 2015 was 10.8 per cent compared to the basic value. Thus, the full amount of the tax capping will be granted for the year 2017, as well. Additionally, the tax capping has been connected with the individual proof of each enterprise of special efforts for the reduction of the energy intensity since the beginning of 2013: According to § 55 German energy tax law and § 10 German electricity tax law, the implementation and operation of an energy or environmental management system or an energy audit is required.

 

Source: DIHK