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Does your company's annual energy consumption exceed 50,000 kWh (electricity) or 25,000 m3 (gas)? The Activities Decree (Activiteitenbesluit) states that you must take energy-saving measures. You should also report what measures you have taken to save energy.
If your company's annual energy consumption exceeds 50,000 kWh (electricity) or 25,000 m3 (gas) or the equivalent in another fuel, you must take energy-saving measures of which the payback period is less than 5 years.
There are recognised energy saving measures (Erkende Maatregelenlijst Energiebesparing, in Dutch) for 19 sectors. This list is the starting point for saving energy in your company or organisation.
- if you are obliged to take energy-saving measures and report on this
- which of the recognised energy-saving measures applies to your industry
Reporting energy-saving measures
If your company or organisation is obliged to take measures to save energy, you are also obliged to report on your energy savings. Then you have to inform the municipality or environment agency about the measures you take. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has created a video (in Dutch) on how to report.
Reporting via the ePortal
You were obliged to report on the measures your company has taken to save energy by 1 July 2019. If you have not yet done so, you should report as soon as possible. Reporting is possible via the Netherlands Enterprise Agency’s ePortal (eLoket) using eHerkenning (eRecognition) level 1. Once you have submitted a report on your energy-saving measures, you have to update this report every 4 years.
Organisations that were established after 1 January 2019 will have 1 year to report on their energy-saving measures.
Please note: was a new company established on existing business premises after 1 January 2019? And does this company provide similar services to the company that was there before? Then it does not count as a new organisation.
Exemption from obligation to report energy-saving measures
The obligation to report energy-saving measures does not apply to:
- organisations that need an all-in-one permite for physical aspects (category C)
- companies or organisations whose installations participate in the European Emission Trading System (EU ETS)
- companies or organisations whose installations participate in the covenant of Several Year Agreements for Energy Efficiency Meerjarenafspraken energie-efficiëntie (MJA3) (in Dutch)
- companies in the horticulture sector participating in the CO2 cost equalisation system
Obligation to undertake EED energy audits
Is your company obliged to comply with an EED (Energy Efficiency Directive) energy audit? Then you had to report by 5 December 2019 which measures you have taken. This could also be done via RVO.nl’s ePortal (eLoket).