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Energy management systems

Consistently achieving your energy management objectives demands a structured organisation-wide approach in the form of an energy management system. The Green Consultancy can provide you with the support you need to introduce such a system

The need to improve energy management

The main drivers for improving your energy management are likely to include:

  • Minimising costs without impacting performance
  • Reducing carbon emissions and other environmental impacts
  • Complying with legislation
  • Improving reputation with key stakeholders

Introducing ISO 50001 – the first international EnMS standard

ISO 50001 is designed to help organisations establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. It replaces – and is very similar to – BS EN 16001.

It specifies the requirements for an energy management system to develop and implement policy and objectives, while taking into account significant energy aspects and legal requirements.

ISO 50001 is ideal for organisations that already have ISO 9001 – the world’s most established Quality Management standard – or the environmental management system (EMS) standard ISO 14001. This is because those systems are fully compatible and use the same methodology. Therefore, new documentation can be added to existing systems, and internal auditors can be up-skilled accordingly.

While, in theory, the environmental management system standard ISO 14001 can be used to manage energy in parallel with all other environmental impacts, its methodologies are not sufficient to deal adequately with the complexities of energy and carbon reduction – hence the need for ISO 50001.

Organisations with ISO 9001 that have a top priority of improving energy management to reduce carbon emissions and/or minimal other environmental impacts may opt for ISO 50001, and may not need ISO 14001.

ISO 50001 enables you to:

  • Drive down energy consumption and carbon emissions in a systematic way with greater management focus and commitment
  • Establish, implement, maintain and improve an energy management system
  • Train, raise awareness and provide continuity through changes of personnel
  • Obtain certification of the EnMS or make a self-evaluation and self-declaration of conformance with the standard (see certification options below)
  • Demonstrate energy and carbon performance to key stakeholders such as staff, customers, suppliers and shareholders

ISO 50001 certification

If you implement ISO 50001 as your EnMS, there is no obligation to achieve certification, though doing so does have benefits. Your options are:

  • No certification (you get the energy reduction benefits with minimum cost)
  • Self declaration of conformity (more rigorous and based on internal audit)
  • External certification (separately or at reduced cost with ISO 14001 – the most credible approach to take when considering stakeholders)

Our EnMS services

The Green Consultancy is highly experienced in this area, and offers a flexible range of EnMS services. We can:

  • Carry out a gap analysis to identify what needs to be done to meet ISO 50001
  • Help build an EnMS or upgrade an existing one to ISO 50001
  • Train or mentor staff and internal auditors to ISO 50001
  • Up-skill ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 internal auditors to ISO 50001
  • Carry out an Investment Grade Energy Efficiency Audit to identify energy and carbon reduction opportunities.
  • Help bring about the behavioural change needed to embed energy efficiency in your organisation.

If you’d like to know more about energy management systems and how we can help you with any aspect of yours, call John Treble on 01761 419081, or email John@GreenConsultancy.com

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ISO 50001 Support for Nigerian Industry

"The Green Consultancy's John Mulholland provided valuable expertise in the development of the communication strategy and produced comprehensive and high-quality content for the guidelines and brochures. Consequently, we include The Green Consultancy’s consultants in our ongoing project proposals and look forward to working with them again."

Torben Voss, Energy Consultant, GFA Consulting Group

See case history of our work for Nigerian Industry

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Energy Management System for WWF

“We found the day to be really helpful in understanding the requirements for an  Energy Management System internal audit.  We were able to go through the audit section-by-section and your consultant’s experience in setting up the standard meant that we were absolutely clear on our roles and the requirements by the end of the consultancy.  Although the session was arranged to address our questions on the internal audit requirement, we found that we could not fail to learn so much more about Energy Management in the course of the day’s discussions.”

Peter Best, Head of Facilities & Environmental Management

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Energy Management System ISO 50001 review for Global Law Firm

"We were very impressed with your consultant's experience and application of knowledge when he visited us to undertake an independent review of our energy management system in relation to ISO 50001. He presented us with a comprehensive report, with excellent recommendations; a number of which we will embed into our business going forward. There was an element of learning and discovery on both sides and it was a welcomingly refreshing experience to work with a consultant who really understood our requirements and strived, successfully, to deliver a first class service and quality advice."

Senior Energy and Environment Advisor