THE ISO 50001 OPPORTUNITY
Sustainability is increasingly becoming core to business strategic planning for companies to remain competitive. Innovative tools and approaches are required to achieve sustainability goals and results in the most cost-effective manner. Energy efficiency and management are key elements of a sustainability plan. Achieving significant and sustained energy performance improvement will depend on whether a company chooses to integrate energy management into the organization’s business strategy or not. The ISO 50001 energy management system standard is the world's best practice. It is the most effective energy management framework in achieving energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission goals.
50001 Strategies helps your company to get full benefit of the ISO 50001 energy management system standard. Principal, Paul Scheihing, has over 30 years of experience at the U.S. Department of Energy in energy efficiency and energy management to assist your organization’s pursuit of excellence in energy management. He also offers support to companies wanting to consider decarbonizaton technologies for process heating using approaches such as industrial heat pumping.
Over the past several decades, structured management systems have been widely applied in business in a variety of areas – quality (ISO 9001), environmental (ISO 14001), occupational, health and safety (ISO 18001), etc. Now the global ISO 50001 energy management system standard, published in 2011, leverages the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement structure of other ISO management systems to manage energy systematically across an organization from C-suite to shop floor. ISO 50001 provides a consistent top-down approach for facility energy teams to be empowered to prioritize and optimize energy performance of key facility operations.
The standard’s results are impressive (see text box below). ISO 50001 is getting greater, more sustained energy savings and at less cost than the more traditional ad hoc or “energy project implementation” approach. See business case for ISO 50001.
ISO 50001 is applicable for a company just beginning their energy management journey, as well as, for a seasoned company with a mature energy management program. Companies with other established ISO management systems, especially ISO 14001, are well-positioned to implement ISO 50001. The standard is a proven framework in accelerating energy savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction to meet sustainability program goals. See two 3M Company case studies (#1 & #2)
ISO 50001 Results
Energy savings from the U.S. Department of Energy Superior Energy Performance 50001 program’s certified facilities = 4.6% per year, average
Average percentage of energy savings from low or no cost, operational energy saving actions on a facility-wide basis = 75%, average
Sustained energy performance improvement of 25 SEP program re-certified facilities = 3.8% per year over 7+ years, average