The purpose of this international standard consists in enabling organizations to establish systems and processes that are necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use of energy and energy consumption. The systematic approach is provided by the organization’s energy management system. Based on energy policy and the definition of the objectives and targets, action plans will be established, implemented and reviewed. According to the Austrian Energy Agency the average energy saving potentials are estimated to amount to 10 to 20 per cent.
The standard is based on the common elements of ISO management system standards in order to guarantee a high degree of compatibility, particularly with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards. It is based upon the continual improvement process, which is known as the PDCA Cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act), and integrates energy management in the organization’s daily business.
Using this international standard helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as other environmental impacts and decreases energy costs through systematic energy management.
Energy management can be established by companies and organizations irrespective of size or sector. In particular for companies requiring a high amount of energy the standard offers comprehensive systematic requirements and instructions for successful implementation. The standard enables small and medium-sized enterprises to take the first steps towards environmental management with a focus on the partial field of energy. As for companies with an existing environmental management, the standard can help to emphasize on the environmental factor of energy even more.
Among other things, the term energy includes electricity, fuels, steam and vapour, compressed air and renewable energies. The term of use of energy is seen very comprehensively, and comprises e.g. lighting, ventilation, heating, cooling, process heat, transport, processes or production lines.
ISO 50001 follows the principles of ISO 14001 very strongly. Differences to ISO 14001 can be found in the following elements:
- energy performance
- contents of energy policy
- presentation of functions of top management and operational energy managers
- deployment of an erergy planning process
- conducting an energy related assessment
- designing new and changed facilities, equipment, systems and processes
The requirements are basically broken down into
- general requirements
- management responsibility
- energy policy
- energy planning
- introduction and implementation
- management review
The organization will have to establish the scope and balance boundaries of its energy management system. Top management will have to nominate a management representative. Energy related assessment serves to analyze the use of energy, identify the energy sources, review the prior and present energy consumption and estimate the future needs. In this process, the areas with the highest energy consumption will be identified. Energy policy includes commitment to continual improvement of energy performance. For measuring and monitoring energy performance, adequate energy performance indicators will be defined.
ISO 9001, ISO 14001, EMAS, Sustainability Reports
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