The European Energy Management standard EN ISO 16001 was published in 2009; conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn. The standard helps organizations establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy efficiency. This should lead to reductions in cost and greenhouse gas emissions through systematic management of energy. When an organization practices good energy management, top management and employees become more aware of how energy is used, the actual cost of energy, and the methods and equipment that can be used to control and reduce energy waste.
An international energy management standard, ISO 50001, is currently being developed. ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, the standard could influence up to 60% of the world's energy use.
Benefits of implementing an Energy Management System
- Cost effectiveness
- Reduced environmental impacts
- Better use of existing energy-consuming assets
- Improvement in work environment
- Creates transparency and facilitates communication on the management of energy resources
- Promotes energy management best practices and reinforces good energy management behaviors
- Provides a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain
- Facilitates energy management improvements in the context of GHG (greenhouse gas) emission reduction projects
To learn more about energy management systems standards and certification, please contact Intertek's Sweden office.