An Energy Management System under ISO 50001:2011 is focused in energy efficiency and includes the deployment of different functions of the departments of a company, so that all aspects that influence the energy cost, energy consumption, and its monitoring, control , monitoring and planning are deployed. This if the aim is to improve energy performance, both through energy savings or through energy efficiency, with the goal of reducing energy costs.
No doubt the importance of technology in the energy performance, which together with the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle largely define the level of improvements that will be obtained. There is a method to compare against a reference, but to improve performance and energy efficiency continuously.
This standard is closely related to renewable energy, climate (environmental criteria), and one of the big keys change, energy efficiency. In his own foreword it states that there are two major objectives, drive reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other related environmental impacts and energy costs. The relationship with the ISO 14001: 2004 is clear, and also great synergies are established when an organization seeks to implement ISO 50001 and already has previously implemented the ISO 14001 or ISO 9001.
Organizations or companies that implement these systems, obtained:
- % Reduction of a not inconsiderable energy consumption,
- Improved decision-making by management,
- Optimization of installed power and contracted,
- Improving energy efficiency by optimizing the use of equipment,
- Employee collaboration,
- Improved monitoring and maintenance activity,
- First results in the short term,
- ROI in a short time,
- The return of savings is straightforward..
In summary, one can say that the implementation of this system is sold very well, because it is a quick and tangible cost savings, especially for facilities, buildings, factories, etc. where the energy bill is high. In this environment also should not underestimate the effects that this system has on staff awareness and collaboration, facilitating continuous improvement dynamics.