As energy costs continue to rise, improved energy efficiency has become a serious advantage. The less energy used for facilities, equipment, vehicles or products, the better your competitive standing. And depending on your country of operations, there may even be tax benefits or subsidies from which to profit. Last but definitely not least, responsible handling of resources and increased use of renewable energy sources leads to a sustained reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Consistent energy management according to ISO 50001 allows organizations to systematically develop energy saving potentials within their own structure, and to implement the necessary measures.
In addition, it provides top management with guidance aimed at identifying opportunities and the fulfillment of their societal obligation. The overall objective of this international standard, which was published in June 2011, is to support organizations in their efforts to structure and implement a comprehensive energy management system, as well as to continually improve their energy efficiency.
The standard places particular emphasis on the implementation of an energy planning process, the definition of energy objectives and action plans, the detailed recording of energy flows within an organization, and suitable mechanisms for monitoring. They provide the basis for continual improvement of energy-related performance. The systematic collection and implementation of legal requirements provides organizations with increased legal certainty in this area, as well.
Building blocks of ISO 50001
- Specify energy policy
- Conduct an energy planning process
- Define energy objectives and action plans
- Determine responsibilities and resources
- Conduct systematic controlling
- Implement savings potential
- Improve energy-related performance
The basic structure of ISO 50001 is similar to other management system standards, and therefore easy to integrate into existing management systems such as according to ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This allows organizations to take advantage of synergies, and to implement generic requirements jointly.
Benefits for your organization
The implementation of an energy management system often results in simple organizational changes leading to significant savings, without any major investments.
- Transparent energy flows
- Continual improvement of energy efficiency through continual monitoring of energy flows
- Evaluation of design and procurement practices as they relate ton energy performance
- Identification of potential for energy savings through data analysis
- Reduction of energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions
- Employee awareness
- Adherence to legal requirements
- Improved image and competitive advantages
- Possible tax benefits
- Stimulus for modernization
- Conformity and value generation
With an independent and expert assessment of their management system, top management can be sure that the system is in conformance with the requirements of the standard. In addition, our auditors focus on the identification of improvement potential and provide guidance for decision-making processes.