Energy management system according to ISO 50001: The most important things in a nutshell

  • An ISO 50001 certification is often the basis for obtaining grants and subsidies for investments. 
  • For companies, this is the first step towards climate protection and sustainability.
  • They will achieve this primarily through efficiency improvements, substitution of fossil fuels by other technologies and, if necessary, by changing the prevailing consumption patterns.
  • A good energy management system lives from the employees and their motivation for the topic.

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What is energy management?

Energy management means efficiency and thus savings in the consumption and use of energy. Industry and the service sector could reduce over 25% of their energy by 2035 through the implementation of energy management systems. 

What is an energy management system and how does it work?

The core of the energy management system is energy data monitoring and controlling through measuring points. The implementation of an energy management system takes between 6 and 14 months. The investment decisions should be based on the life cycle costs (including energy consumption and maintenance). 

What does ISO 50001 mean?

An internationally recognized and certifiable energy management system - according to ISO 50001. By orienting to this standard, energy-related performance is continuously optimized. The High-Level Structure (HLS) for management systems provides a common terminology and a uniform overarching structure based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. This describes a control loop for a self-improving system. 

Meanwhile, all other ISO management system standards are also based on the HLS. This facilitates the integration of different management systems, since a large part of the required elements are very similar and only individual sections are topic-specific.

The HLS comprises a total of 10 chapters: 

  • Chapters 1 to 3: explain the scope, normative references and terms 
  • Chapters 4 to 10: describe the normative requirements for certification

Helpful for understanding the step-by-step introduction, maintenance, measurement, procedures and methods for the development of appropriate energy performance indicators are the other standards of the 500xx family.

Why is there an energy management system according to ISO 50001?

  • Reduce climate gases, avoid fossil greenhouse gas emissions
  • Mitigate financial risks by maximizing power and equipment availability
  • Introduce standard
  • Meet legal obligations and standard requirements
  • Basis for obtaining subsidies, grants for investments, and tax and stock transfer refunds
  • Get certification for proof and advertising

What are the goals of the ISO 50001 energy management system?

  • Increase energy efficiency
  • Reduce absolute energy consumption 
  • Avoid high power prices due to load peaks
  • Purchase energy long-term and cheaply 
  • Reduce operating costs for energy

Which companies should address the issue?

  • Companies that have already initiated individual measures due to the price development in energy costs and now want to "find" and use further potentials in a structured way
  • Companies that are forced to save costs in order to remain competitive
  • Companies that want to exemplify the environmental idea, e.g. out of conviction or marketing
  • Companies that want to reduce their operating costs, comply with legal requirements, use tax benefits as well as government subsidies

Who within the company should deal with the issue?

The management bears responsibility for the energy management system. By formulating an energy policy, it commits itself to its task and supports the EnMS (Energy Management System) in all areas (especially the human and financial resources). For the development and maintenance of the EnMS, the management usually assigns a person to oversee the EnMS together with the energy team.

Clear and documented tasks of the individual team members (including all responsibilities and authorities) are defined in writing.

If possible, the energy team consists of members from different company departments such as maintenance, electrical, purchasing, etc., or department management.  

How does SBIS support?

SBIS helps you set up and operate an energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001.

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