The expert in Energy Management (EGE) is a professional defined by the UNI CEI 11339:2009, already announced by Legislative Decree no. 115/2008, as the person who has the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to manage the efficient use of energy.
It was introduced in Italy with the Legislative Decree no. 102/2014, in force since 19 July 2014, implementing Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency.
Professional job description
The expert in energy management (EGE) is a modern and interdisciplinary professional, call to action in the context of the new European energy market, based on principles such as the liberalization of the markets, the energy and environmental standard contained in the 20-20-20 Climate-Energy Package.
Are classified as large companies those employing more than 250 persons or whose annual turnover exceeds 50 million euros and whose annual budget exceeds 43 million euros.
Are classified as energy-intensive companies under Decree 83/2012, regardless of their size, the companies that annualy have verified both the following conditions:
- have used, for its business, at least 2.4 GWh of electricity, or at least 2.4 GWh of different from electricity;
- the ratio between the actual cost of the total quantity of energy used for its activities, determined in accordance with Article 4, and the sales value, determined in accordance with Article 5, is not lower than the 3%.
The Leg. 102/14 introduced the obligation for large and energy-intensive companies to perform an energy audit until 5 December 2015, and every four years.
The Leg. 102/14, art. 8, has also established that the EGE are qualified to conduct energy audits of large and energy-intensive companies.
This obligation does not apply to companies that have adopted management systems compliant with ISO 50001, EMAS or ISO 14001, if the management system concerned includes an energy audit.
Sanctions imposed on companies
Large and energy-intensive companies that will not carry out the audit by the date specified by the decree, will be subject to sanctions from € 4.000 to € 40.000 .