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Energy Conservation through ISO 50001:2011 EnMS Implementation

Posted on July 18, 2012 in Articles


Singapore recently enacted a new statute Energy Conservation Act 2012 to introduce mandatory energy management practices for large energy users in the industrial and transport sectors.

This move comes shortly after an announcement that neighbouring Indonesia is to issue a new presidential order on energy savings beginning with government institutions, state enterprises, private parties and the public in general.

Also, recognising the challenges and potential prospect of energy and fuel supply/demand of the country, the Energy Commission of Malaysia has launched the Malaysia Energy Information Hub (MEIH), a portal undertaken and managed by the Commission. One the functions of MEIH include the planning of energy industries’ development and promotion of energy-conserving technological processes and environmental policy.

The Philippine Government launched The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program (NEECP) in August 2004.  The Government Energy Management Program (GEMP) of the Philippines aims to integrate energy efficiency concepts into the operation of government agencies.  The major activities under this program include conducting monitoring and energy audit spot checks in all government buildings and carrying out seminars on energy efficiency and conservation for government employees.

The Singapore Government has still announced the introduction of minimum energy management standards for large energy users (15 GWh of energy each year) in the industry sector (reference to Channels News Asia, 9th April 2012).  This will include the appointment of energy managers, reporting of energy use and the submission of energy efficiency improvement plans for such large energy users.

The respective energy efficiency-related legislation across various sectors has been consolidated in an Energy Conservation Act that was introduced on 1st July 2012.

In order to meet the objectives of this Energy Conservation Act, it will be mandated that energy management practices and systems focus the companies’ attention on energy issues so as to ensure that energy is used prudently, spotting and rectifying faults that result in energy wastage, and overall help to achieve significant cost savings.

ISO 50001:2011 is an International Organisation for Standardization standard that specifies requirements for establishing, implementation, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS) that will help in meeting the objectives of the Act.  Its purpose is to enable a company to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption, It specifies requirements applicable to energy use and consumption including measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for equipment, systems, processes and personnel that contribute to energy performance.

The ISO 50001 EnMS structure will apply to all variables affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the company.  ISO 50001 does not prescribe specific performance criteria with respect to energy.  The standard has been designed to be used independently, but it can be aligned or integrated with other management systems, for example, ISO 9001 and or ISO 14001.  It is also applicable to any size or type of company, building or facility, manufacturing or service process that wishes to ensure its conformity to the organisation’s stated energy policy and wishes to demonstrate this to stakeholders.  Such conformity can be confirmed by means of self-assessment or by certification of the EnMS by a third party.  It provides a built in mechanism for continual improvement of energy management.

Neville Clarke helps organise and streamline an organisation’s effort to become an ISO 50001 EnMS certified firm.  We use a 6E Cycle to Business Success consisting of Explore, Evaluation, Education, Execution, Expansion and Engagement phases.  The Plan, Do, Check and Do components of the 6 E Cycle include:
•    Plan    -     Review energy use, identify and select energy improvement projects
•    Do    -     Launch the projects and develop appropriate support processes
•    Check    -    Monitor progress and intervene as needed
•    Act    -    Evaluate the effectiveness of the projects and the EnMS

An energy management standard, such as ISO 50001, provides a tool for integrating energy efficiency into the existing organisational management systems for continual improvement.  Companies that have voluntarily adopted an EnMS have achieved major energy intensity and use improvements.  These many benefits include:
•    Broad applicability to all sectors and sizes of business
•    Leverages existing management systems and continual improvement processes
•    Develops a baseline of energy use
•    Actively manages energy use and costs
•    Reduces emissions without affecting operations
•    Continual improvement of energy use per product over time
 

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