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Energy efficiency: Mandatory audit from December

New obligations for companies and establishments that consume large amounts of energy. The energy audit becomes mandatory from December in industry and the tertiary sector. The decree establishing this obligation has just been published in the Official Bulletin. It is part of the panoply of enactments of the law on energy efficiency promulgated in 2011!

This audit is aimed at establishments, companies and individuals whose thermal and/or electrical energy consumption exceeds a specific threshold.

This threshold is set at 1,500 tonnes of oil equivalent (toe) per year for industry including power generation companies. It is 500 toe per year for tourism, health, education, education, commerce, transport and energy distribution companies as well as for individuals.

Only establishments whose activities are covered by an energy management system certified according to Moroccan standards and in accordance with the law on energy efficiency are exempt. This exemption ends with the expiry of the validity period of the certification. The other activities will wait a little … the time that the orders are ready, certainly after consultation with the operators.

The national energy efficiency strategy aims to achieve energy savings of 5% by 2020 and 20% by 2030. Measures have been put in place, as well as a multitude of actions: the code of energy efficiency in the building, the program of green mosques, the promotion of photovoltaic pumping systems for irrigation, etc. By achieving 1% efficiency in five energy-intensive sectors, agriculture, building, transport, street lighting and industry, Morocco could save 1% of its energy bill.

In these mandatory audits, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) will play an important role. First, by building up a database of the institutions audited and their level of consumption. Then, the law obliges companies that exceed the thresholds to seize the Agency and quickly start carrying out the audit. This must cover all activities, industrial processes, buildings and fleet of vehicles operated.

The company is required to report energy data annually to the AMEE and to renew the audit every 5 years. The report accompanied by the energy efficiency plan is sent to the Ministry of Energy, which in turn transfers it to the Agency. The latter proceeds to the study of the documents and in case of insufficiency, it asks the company to carry out investigations or complementary measures.

The deadlines for the transmission of documents between the different parties are laid down in the law. The AMEE is responsible for ensuring implementation of the recommendations of the energy audit and for producing an annual report on the results of the analyzes. These will be carried out by dedicated organizations that must have at least two energy auditors or an auditor and two agents under his supervision.

Qualification and experience requirements are required to perform the auditor activity and also to obtain the certification which must be renewed every 5 years. The organization must apply 6 months before the expiry of the accreditation.

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