Energy Audit Requirement for All Large Companies in 2019

This article is about the energy audit requirement for Hungarian large companies (above 250 employees or EUR 50 million revenue). There is a new round for audits – regardless of the the completion date of the first audit – to be completed by December 5, 2019.

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Szigorodó energetikai szakreferens szabályok január 15-től – minden cég érintett!

Az energiahatékonysági törvény 2019. január 15-étől életbe lépő módosítása fenekestül felforgatja a szakreferens tevékenység törvényi feltételeit. A szabályok jórészt szigorodnak, ezért érdemes időben tájékozódni. Cikkünk sorra veszi a változásokat.

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Small steps towards a more energy efficient future – Halogen vs. LED lamps

As of 1 September 2018 D”-class halogen lamps are phased-out from the European Union’s markets. Bulbs in the merchandiser’s stock can be sold but procurement of new lamps are not possible after this date. Therefore, inhabitants of the EU must switch to LED lightning. (There are some exceptions, as always. Eg. desk lamps and spotlights are out of the ban but traditional pear shaped halogen lamps will disappeared from the households.)

It might seem to be a small change. However, on yearly level EU can save about 48 TWhs. It is the approximate amount of whole Hungary’s yearly electricity consumption – which was 45.06 TWhs in 2017! We will save 15.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2025 with this step. 1)

Phase-out of halogen lamps is one of the best examples to demonstrate that small personal decisions (even if it is ordered by regulation in this case) if summarized, might result in a more energy efficient future and have great effect for our planet.

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Energetikai beruházások TAO-támogatásának új szabályai – bővülő lehetőségek!

A parlament elfogadta azt az adójogszabály-csomag módosítást, ami érinti az energiahatékonysági beruházások TAO kedvezményének szabályozását is. A TAO-támogatások összes tudnivalója itt). Jó hír, hogy a módosítás hatályba lépésétől, tehát 2018. 07. 26-tól a támogatás köre és mértéke is növekszik, ezért még inkább vonzó lehetőséggé válik a cégek számára. Részletek a cikkünkben.

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Energy Efficiency and Insulation Requirements of Buildings in Hungary

This article is about the energy efficiency and insulation requirements of buildings in Hungary. Since the beginning of 2018, the requirements have become stricter, so it is important to take note. Both in case of refurbishment of existing buildings and construction of new ones. All the tax deduction and other subsidy programmes require compliance with the law.

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Corporate Income Tax Benefit for Energy Efficiency Investment in Hungary

According to Section 22/ E of the Act on Corporate and Dividend Tax of Hungary, the corporate taxpayer may benefit from tax relief when implementing an investment for energy efficiency enhancement purposes. This may entail any purchase of new equipment, machinery or other asset, switching to a more efficient one or carrying out a refurbishment of existing asset or building. The tax return can reach as high as 65% of the capital expenditure. All details in our article. (more…)

Introduction to Heat Pumps. Technical Description (Part 1/2)

The concept of heat pumps is an emerging technology with a promise of radical increase of energy efficiency (and sustainability) in space heating (and cooling) – an area with immense energy consumption as well as possibilities. Heat pumps are able to multiply the amount of energy in input electricity while creating output heat (or cooling) energy – not by bending the laws of physics, but by harvesting the vast ‘invisible’ energy all around us. Read about the details in our first article of our series.