The following groups of companies are bound by the obligation to engage in the common national energy savings target at the present moment:
- Large enterprises: companies with more than 249 employees or companies with an annual turnover of over EUR 50 million and an annual size of the balance sheet of EUR 43 million EUR.
- Large consumers: economic operators whose annual electricity consumption exceeds 500 MWh.
In accordance with the Energy Efficiency Law, the existence of a certified energy management system is a favourable qualifying criterion when evaluating the applications of large electricity consumers for the projects financed from state, local government or the European Union budget funds and foreign financial assistance funds.
The energy audit means activities carried out to obtain information regarding the energy consumption structure in buildings or groups of buildings, in processes or equipment as well as to identify and evaluate cost-effective energy savings opportunities, and the results of which are summarised in a report;
Energy management system ISO 50001 is a set of related processes, establishing an action plan and setting energy efficiency targets as well as the procedures to achieve these targets.
In turn, energy-intensive processing industry companies where energy management has been implemented may qualify for a reduced electricity mandatory procurement component, thus reducing electricity costs.