In the month of June, The International Organization for Standardization, the premier standards monitoring-body located at Geneva, Switzerland, announced the new standards for Energy Management Systems.
The new ISO 50001 aims to offer two major capabilities for energy management systems. On one hand, the process will establish improved energy performance by bringing in increased efficiency and lowering consumption rates. Secondly, these new standards will help organizations to achieve seamless integration with other International Standards such as Environment Management ( ISO 14001) and quality management ( ISO 9001).
These standards allow organizations, whether large or size to achieve the final goals of effective energy management in the context of sustainable environment growth on a global scale.
The new aspects will help businesses, enterprises and organizations that have adopted energy management systems to optimize their energy consumptions sources. Secondly, they will encourage evaluating technologies used for energy-efficiency optimization. This will in turn affect the efficiency and quality of entire supply chain network.
The new standard enumerates several specifications for effective energy management of deployed systems. Measurement Specifications, Documentation to follow and the reports to be submitted for certification are well listed. There is greater clarification on equipment design as well as the processes of procurement. However, it fails to mention performance levels or criteria though it makes it committal for organizations to ensure continual improvements of energy performance.
The standard further requires that top-level management of the organization endorse the energy policy and actively participate in implementing the entire energy-efficiency lifecycles and compliance to ISO 5001 standards. It is required of an organization’s management to nominate an environment representative to ensure adoption and implementation of these standards.
Self-certifying is another first with this standard and it is required for organizations to conduct and document energy planning processes. It is also helpful for developing, recording and implementing energy review.
The ISO standards for energy management were first constituted because of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO, and request in 2008 by instituting a project committee ISO /PC 242. Following, which ISO established the required standards and with the new 5001, seeks to establish seamless integration with other environment and quality standards.
A business owner welcoming the new energy management system comments thus, “This is first standard that talks directly about cost savings, and gives a guideline how to manage your energy management system. It should be welcomed by the industry, which so far was only running round the bush on energy aspects. Now they can structure their approach. Let the Governments also impose a mandatory requirement for implementing the standard in both the public and private sector.”
Leading commercial organizations such as Schneider Electric (the head office) have already complied with the new ISO 5001 and establishing road maps for other organizations to follow.