In the above Act, which came into force on 1-st October 2016, in comparison with the previous law for a particular category of entrepreneurs (all large entrepreneurs) there was imposed the obligation to draw up an energy audit of an enterprise. In addition, the Act changes the procedure for selecting energy efficiency projects for which energy efficiency certificates can be obtained. This was to simplify the energy efficiency certification procedure.
Previous Laws introduced a system called "white certificates", otherwise: energy efficiency certificates, based on existing cogeneration support systems and renewable energy sources (so-called red and green certificates). Energy companies and some entities operating on the commodity energy exchange have been obligated to obtain a number of certificates.
Energy efficiency certificates can be obtained, among other for companies that have reduced their energy consumption by investing in more energy efficient technologies. The authority issuing and redeeming energy efficiency certificates is the President of the Energy Regulatory Office (polish name: Urząd Regulacji Energetyki - URE). The requirement for obtaining certificates is to carry out an audit of energy efficiency and submit a request to the President of the URE. Exceptionally, by the end of September 2017, white certificates can be obtained for upgrades made in the past. From 1 October 2017, it will only be available for planned projects, subject to submission of an application before the start of the modernization.
At present, in order to get the white certificates you have to carry out activities indicated in: Obwieszczeniu Ministra Energii z dnia 23 listopada 2016 r. w sprawie szczegółowego wykazu przedsięwzięć służących poprawie efektywności energetycznej.
More information on mandatory audits by large companies can be found at:
Informacja Prezesa Urzędu Regulacji Energetyki (nr 46/2016) dotycząca obowiązku sporządzenia audytu energetycznego przedsiębiorstwa, wynikającego z wejścia w życie w dniu 1 października 2016 r. ustawy z dnia 20 maja 2016 r. o efektywności energetycznej.
An additional legal act in the field of energy efficiency is: