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ISO 50001 - Energy Management

ISO 50001 - Energy Management

Energy is often a critical operational component in Mill Products & Mining industries with an ever increasing cost to manufacturing that has to be reduced as much as possible.  In addition, energy management is a key component of sustainability initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases and carbon footprint and to help achieve these goals the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 2011 introduced ISO 50001 Energy Management.  It is a voluntary standard that gives organizations the requirements for energy management systems (EnMs).  ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants; commercial, institutional, and governmental facilities; and entire organizations to manage energy.

The ISO 50001 Energy Management standard is intended to accomplish the following:

·         Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy consuming assets

·         Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources

·         Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviours

·         Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies

·         Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain

·         Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects

·         Allow integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, health and safety.

ISO 50001 follows the Plan-Do-Check- Act process for continuous improvement of the energy management system.       

Plan : conduct the energy review and establish the baseline, energy performance indicators (EnPIs), objectives, targets and action plans necessary to deliver results in accordance with opportunities to improve energy performance and the organization’s energy policy.

Do : implement the energy management action plans.

Check : monitor and measure processes and the key characteristics of its operations that determine energy performance against the energy policy and objectives and report the results.

Act : take actions to continually improve energy performance and the EnMS.

Certification is not a requirement of the standard so organizations can use ISO 50001 for the internal and external benefits it provides or can choose to use independent auditors to certify.

It is fully compatible with ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management).

For more information on ISO 50001 Energy Management please see Popular Standards in: http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html

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