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The Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 sets out requirements for improving energy efficiency in Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to reduce energy consumption, decrease carbon emissions, and promote sustainable energy use.
The order requires public authorities and large companies in Northern Ireland to undertake energy audits and to implement measures to improve energy efficiency. It also sets out minimum energy efficiency standards for buildings and requires energy performance certificates to be issued for all buildings.
The Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 applies to public authorities, including government departments, local councils, and health and education bodies, as well as to large businesses that consume significant amounts of energy.
Compliance with the order is enforced by the Northern Ireland Energy Agency, which has powers to issue penalties and enforcement notices for non-compliance.
Under The Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999, public authorities and large companies in Northern Ireland are required to undertake energy audits and implement measures to improve energy efficiency. They are also required to provide evidence of compliance with the order, which may include:
1. Energy audits: Public authorities and large companies must undertake energy audits to identify areas where energy efficiency can be improved. The audits must be carried out by qualified professionals and must include a detailed analysis of energy consumption and recommendations for improvement.
2. Implementation plans: Public authorities and large companies must develop and implement plans to improve energy efficiency based on the findings of the energy audits. These plans must set out specific actions to be taken, timelines for implementation, and expected outcomes.
3. Energy performance certificates: All buildings in Northern Ireland are required to have an energy performance certificate (EPC), which provides information on the energy efficiency of the building. Public authorities and large companies must provide evidence that they have obtained EPCs for their buildings and that they are complying with minimum energy efficiency standards.
4. Monitoring and reporting: Public authorities and large companies must monitor their energy consumption and report on their progress in improving energy efficiency. They must provide evidence of their progress, including data on energy consumption and savings achieved.
5. Compliance with enforcement notices: If the Northern Ireland Energy Agency issues an enforcement notice for non-compliance with the order, public authorities and large companies must provide evidence that they have taken the required actions to comply with the notice.
It is important for public authorities and large companies in Northern Ireland to maintain accurate and up-to-date records to demonstrate their compliance with The Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999. Failure to provide adequate evidence can result in legal action and financial penalties.
The Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 does not apply to all buildings and activities in Northern Ireland. Some exemptions include:
1. Domestic buildings: The order does not apply to private homes or other domestic buildings, although energy performance certificates are required for some types of domestic buildings.
2. Small businesses: The order only applies to businesses that meet certain energy consumption thresholds. Small businesses that consume less energy may be exempt.
3. Listed buildings: The order provides exemptions for listed buildings and other historic or architecturally significant buildings where energy efficiency improvements may be impractical or would damage the building's character.
4. Short-term leases: If a building is leased for less than two years, the landlord is not required to undertake energy efficiency improvements or provide an energy performance certificate.
5. Agriculture and fisheries: The order provides exemptions for certain agricultural and fishing activities where energy efficiency improvements may not be practical or cost-effective.
6. Emergency situations: The order provides exemptions for emergency situations, such as power outages or severe weather events, where energy efficiency improvements may not be possible.
It is important to note that while certain buildings and activities may be exempt from the order, they may still be subject to other energy efficiency regulations or requirements.
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