Achieving Energy Efficiency through ISO 50001:2011

The ISO industry is constantly changing and adapting in accordance with the latest innovations and developments in the business sector. With each updated version of international standards, we see special provision being made for technological advancements, environmental awareness and social changes, within organisations.

On February 5th, Carte Blanche aired an episode on a radical new development in the energy industry – a substance that cools down when exposed to sunlight. This substance provided exciting possibilities, from paint that can cool your car down in the sun, or clothing fibres that can cool you down in the heat. Perhaps one of the most relevant to organisations was the application of paint on buildings to cool down in the summer, cutting down energy costs on air conditioning. Innovations like these combined with the principles of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management provide organisations with endless tools and strategies to achieve optimum energy efficiency while reducing their energy costs.

ISO 50001:2011 in practice

In an age where conservation of resources is of optimum importance (for example, Cape Town’s day zero of the water crisis), organisations are aware now more than ever of the importance of conserving our natural resources. As we have mentioned in a previous blog post: Energy Management with ISO 50001:2011,  an energy management system establishes the structure and discipline to implement technical and management strategies that significantly cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions—and sustain those savings over time.

With the inclusion of ISO 50001:2011 into business practices, and constant research undertaken into innovations in the energy industry, organisations can not only significantly reduce their energy costs, but also their impact on the environment. If all organisations adopted ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management, it could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use across many economic sectors. From a purely business perspective, the incorporation of ISO 50001:2011 makes great financial sense as energy can be an organisation’s largest controllable cost. Organisations will now have the ability to maximise the use of their energy sources and energy-related assets, thus reducing energy cost and consumption. Organisations may also find that they will now comply with carbon reduction initiatives and therefore enhance their corporate environmental practices.

Implementing ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management

As the research above states, implementing ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management is greatly beneficial to all organisations. This energy standard is applicable to organisations both small and large, public and private. ISO 50001:2011 has also been structured to be aligned with other popular industry management system standards such as ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems – Requirements. This allows organisations to integrate an Energy Management System together with their existing management systems.

Implementing ISO 50001:2011 through Risk ZA

Risk ZA offers both training and consulting services. Training courses for ISO 50001:2011 include:

  • Senior Management Energy Awareness Level 3
  • Introduction, Developing and Implementing an Energy Management System
  • Internal and Supplier Auditing to provide strategic guidance, understanding and advice.

Our specialised skills will allow you and your organisation towards achieving an efficient Energy Management System.

Companies certified with ISO 50001:2011 will soon need to prepare to transition to the updated version of the standard, due to be released later this year. The update will not only ensure that the standard meets the rapidly changing needs of the energy sector, but also include the addition of the HLS (High-Level Structure) and closely linking with the new ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems.  

In conclusion

Part of energy efficiency involves researching and keeping up to date with innovations in the industry. This, with the implementation of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management can help sustain an organisation that chooses to continually improve upon the reduction of their energy costs. One of the organisations that continues to track major developments in the global energy efficiency industry is the Wisconsin based WECC (The Western Electricity Coordinating Council). They reported that two of the major developments in the energy industry would be the implementation of a cleaner electrical grid, through wind and solar power and the rise of electric vehicles used by organisations such as HP, German DHL and Metro AG.  Although most of these developments are occurring internationally, we hope to see its implementation in the near future in South Africa as more organisations become environmentally conscious.

Conferences like Energy Efficiency World Africa taking place in Sandton, Johannesburg on 27th-28th March 2018, is a step in the right direction towards energy consciousness in Africa. This conference is the leading marketplace and ideas exchange platform for the energy efficiency market and is an excellent avenue for innovative and efficient solutions. Along with this event and innovations in the ISO industry for energy management, we are excited and hopeful for the future of energy conservation for the world.

For more information or guidance on which ISO standard(s) would best suit the needs of your business, please email RISK ZA at: info@riskza.com or contact us on: 0861 Risk ZA / +27 (0) 31 569 5900

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