Energy-saving measures for energy-intensive companies have been in place for some time. The Flemish government is now extending this line to about 1,000 non-energy-intensive companies. According to Minister Demir, there is still “great savings potential”.
Companies that consume energy between 0.03 and 0.1 petajoules per year will be required to conduct energy audits or place energy credits. The goal is for companies to realize their potential to provide energy in a cost-effective manner. Companies in this category that consume energy from 0.05 to 0.1PJ will be obligated to implement cost-effective measures.
This stricter approach with obligations is necessary, Minister Demir believes. The focus of these companies is not always on energy-saving measures. “By imposing achievable commitments on the sector, the Flemish government wants faster progress,” says Demir. “This enhanced regulation also fulfills the European commitment to develop specific measures aimed at energy use for SMEs. We are now discussing proposals with various stakeholders.”