Why implement an energy management system?
In an ever-changing economic climate, effective energy management is becoming critical for the success of every business as energy and operational costs continue to rise. This, along with corporate social responsibility to operate our businesses in an environmentally sustainable manner along with increasing regulation is a world-wide challenge. ISO 50001 is one of the solutions.
Based upon the ISO Annex SL structure, the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems, ISO 50001 can be easily be integrated into existing management system structures or developed as a stand-alone system.
The standard specifies the requirements for an energy management system and requires the development of an energy policy, the identification of an organization’s past, present and future energy consumption and the development of an energy monitoring plan. Such information once identified can then be used to set objectives and targets for improvement. By implementing the standard, organisations will also be able to demonstrate that their formal energy management systems facilitate compliance with existing legislation relating to energy, such as the the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) Regulations.
Self assessment and independent third party certification will be available for the standard and can help to save on specialist consultancy fees.
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