Experience gained with energy management in the brick and tile industry

The call for the introduction of energy management systems (EnMS) according to ISO 50001 stems from Art. 41 of Germany‘s Renewable Energy Act (EEG §41). When the energy and electricity tax act is amended in 2013, that requirement will also be extended to cover the so-called peak-tax adjustment for energy-intensive companies. This paper describes experience gained in connection with the introduction of EnMS in the brick and tile industry and offers some advice and guidance for its swift implementation.

1 Obligatory energy management?

As of 2012, the EEG (renewable-energy) levy according to EEG §40 ff could only be limited subject to certification pursuant to either the EU‘s EMAS Directive or DIN ISO 50001 “Energy Management Systems“.

Special-case electricity- and energy-tax rebates for the manufacturing sector (the so-called peak-tax adjustment) are state-aid instruments in the European sense. They therefore require approval by the European Commission in accordance with the State Aid Law. The present provisions expired December 31, 2012, so some changes must be anticipated as of January 1,...

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