Today the Federal Council (Bundesrat) that represents the interests of the sixteen German states (Länder) approved a bill which partly transposes Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency by making in particular energy audits mandatory for large companies by 5 December 2015 and in four year intervals thereafter. Parliament had already voted in favour of the bill in February.
For more information on the Act Partially Transposing the Energy Efficiency Directive and Postponing the Expiry of Section 47f para. 2 of the Act Against Restraints of Competition (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Teilumsetzung der Energieeffizienzrichtlinie und zur Verschiebung des Außerkrafttretens des § 47g Absatz 2 des Gesetzes gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen) please see here.
The Federal Council also passed a resolution in connection with the adoption of the bill, asking to reduce the bureaucratic burden for companies falling under the law as much as possible. Because of the short period of time until 5 December 2015, the audits are a great organisational and financial burden for enterprises, the Federal Council stated. Regarding a similar statement and resolution by Parliament, please see here.
The act will be submitted to the Federal President (Bundespräsident) for signature. Subsequently it will be published in the Federal Law Gazette. The act will enter into force the day after promulgation in the Federal Law Gazette.
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