Inprova Energy has published a free guide to the ISO 50001 international energy management standard which, for certified organisations, may provide full compliance with the audit requirements of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
Proven benefits of ISO 50001
ISO 50001 enables organisations of all sizes to establish policies and processes to track, analyse and use energy more efficiently. Evidence shows that ISO 50001 accredited businesses are achieving energy performance improvements of 10% or more, often through low and no-cost measures.
Direct route to ESOS compliance
Rob Leak, ISO 50001 Lead Auditor at Inprova Energy said: “ISO 50001 can be a direct route to ESOS compliance if used to cover an organisation’s entire energy consumption but it offers much broader benefits,” said . “It’s the backbone of a successful energy and carbon management strategy and is certainly not just a box ticking exercise.
“Organisations can apply and work towards ISO 50001 themselves or they can use a qualified Lead Auditor to help them through each step of the assessment and accreditation process. If they are thinking of implementing ISO 50001 as a route to ESOS compliance, it’s advisable to get started early as it can take six to 12 months to get certified.”
Plan – Do – Check – Act
The guide provides a high-level explanation of the four key steps to obtaining ISO 50001 certification and its Plan-Do-Check-Act improvement process. This involves:
Plan – conduct an energy review and establish the baseline, energy performance indicators, objectives, targets and action plans that are necessary to deliver results.
Do – implement the energy management action plans.
Check – monitor and measure processes and key operations that determine energy performance against energy policy and targets. Report the results.
Act – take action led from the top to continually improve.
Mr Leak added: “ISO 50001 can be easily integrated with other management systems such as ISO 9001 and 14001. As well as demonstrating environmental leadership, it helps organisations to identify energy wastage and focus energy efficiency improvements for most impact, which can lead to significant cost savings and CO2 emissions reductions.”
Further information: www.inprovaenergy.com
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