Energy consumption has become a major issue for most of the industrial sectors & they are looking forward to efficient energy consumption methodologies. Recognizing this, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) introduced the most comprehensive energy management standard – ISO 50001- ‘International Standard for Energy Management’.
Energy management systems will now have an internationally accepted implementation standard for different sectors of organizations, independent of its size or services, sectors as well as its geographic locations. The standard has been designed by experts from the national standards bodies of 44 ISO member countries participated within ISO/PC 242 in the development of ISO 50001, with another 14 countries as observers.ISO 50001 will help the industries in efficient energy consumption and reducing the cost of their electricity consumption. (http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_50001_energy.pdf)
This new standard shall be based on the management system model which will be in line with previous standards like ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 22000 (food safety), ISO/IEC 27001 (information security).In particular, ISO 50001 follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act process for continual improvement of the energy management system. The idea behind this standard is being able to promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviors. Some of the key benefits organizations would get by implementing this standard would be –
- Making better use of their existing energy assets
- 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
ECCI, is the leading process improvement solutions provider in Southeast Asia, focused on process consulting, automation solutions, and learning outsourcing services. We have worked on implementing the EN 16000 Energy management standard & is one of the first in organizing a sneak peek and awareness session on ISO 50001 standard in Philippines on July 4 2011 at New World Hotel, Makati City.