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Energy Efficiency

ISO 50001

 

It is important to have energy saving plans in an organization but, in order to achieve continuous improvement in energy efficiency, it is crucial to have an Energy Management System.



An Energy Management System is directly linked to any other ISO system in the organization such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001, etc. The existence of these other systems is beneficial because the ISO awareness is already instilled in the company so the common requirements of these standards are already defined and systematized and may be used when implementing an ISO 50001 system.

It is important to point out that the norm can be applied in organizations of any type or size, regardless of their geographical, cultural or social condition and its successful implementation depends on commitment at all levels and by all operations of the organization, especially top management.

An Energy Management System enables organizations to establish methodologies and processes to improve energy performance through objective actions based on measurements, including energy efficiency and the use and consumption of energy, through the warranted system of a certifying organization.



There are several advantages to implementing an Energy Management System involving general aspects such as: it increases awareness of the use and consumption of power; improves energy performance; improves competitiveness; improves the image of the organization, allows systems and procedures; indicates the potential savings of the organization; encourages technological innovation; integrates economic and environmental interests; reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts; reduces energy costs and improves productivity.


The many benefits of an Energy Management System all contemplate very different aspects. The advantage of the system is that the processes are under control and any deviation can easily be detected, analyzed and corrected.
Its implementation is based on continuous improvement through a Deming cycle, (plan, do, check and act). The necessary steps are summarized in the following figure:

 

 

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