Law no 2013-619 (16 July 2013) – article 8 on energy audits and energy management systems

France Current 2013

The law enables the transpostion of EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Related to management system requirements, it expects an energy audit to be carried out for activities that are not certified by an Environmental Management System that complies with ISO 50001 on energy management. The first energy audits had to be carried out by December 2015 and at least every four years from the date of the previous energy audit. On inspections and sanctions, it provides for administrative authorities imposing penalties not exceeding more than 2% of the last financial year’s turnover excluding tax. The penalty may be increased to 4% in the event of a further breach of the same obligation.



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All/none specified

Organizations covered by the instrument

Trading corporate bodies registered in the Trade and Companies Register and non-trading private corporate bodies with an economic activity.
- Public housing offices, social housing companies (public limited companies only), semi-public companies, medical-social establishments registered in the Trade and Companies Register.
Threshold for application:
- Companies with more than 250 employees; or
- Turnover exceeding €50 million or total annual balance sheet exceeding €43 million

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