Achieving effective energy management through ISO 50001

Blog Post by Karen Wallis 18 February 2015

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Energy management is a popular topic at the moment with many businesses looking to reduce energy consumption due to rising costs. There's also an increasing amount of energy-related legislation coming into force in the UK. This means it’s not just about saving money anymore, but also about staying legally compliant. For example, you might have seen the new mandatory energy assessment and energy saving scheme, ESOS, in the news recently, which is going to impact many businesses.

How well does your business manage its energy use?

Although all businesses manage their energy to some extent, many are opting to formalise their efforts by developing an energy management system in line with the requirements of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard. In fact, there was a whopping 2900% increase in certifications issued in the UK between 2011 and 2013!

What is ISO 50001?

It’s a relatively new Standard, based on the management system model of continual improvement. You might already be familiar with it if you operate an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001 or a quality management system certified to ISO 9001. It outlines a structured approach towards measuring and monitoring how much energy you use, in order to help you get more from less, and meet any carbon or environmental reduction targets you might have.

The benefits could be significant; consider the following:

  • Improved cost savings
  • Improved operations and capital cost decision-making
  • Facilitation of energy management best practice
  • Compliance with energy legislation
  • Reduced environmental impact / carbon footprint
  • Better evaluation and prioritisation of energy efficient technologies
  • Improved ability to benchmark, measure and report improvements
  • Energy management built into business practices

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So, a Standard that gives you the tools to improve energy efficiency and lower your energy bills...sounds good, right?

If you’d like your business to benefit from improved energy performance, lower energy bills, reduced carbon emissions and improved compliance with energy legislation, then why not consider implementing an energy management system yourself? Having an ISO 50001-certified system could help you demonstrate your environmental credentials and perhaps even win that new tender that’s just landed on your desk!

If you’d like to share your experiences of energy management systems and ISO 50001, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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