Environment and Energy
Reducing energy consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases and stimulating forms of renewable energy are worldwide priorities. Energy prices are increasing as a result of the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels.
These developments have led to a growing and urgent need for an international standard for energy management.
The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has developed an energy management standard which was published in 2011: ISO 50001
ISO 50001 provides organisations with management strategies for improving energy performance, raising energy efficiency and, in so doing, saving costs with the primary aim of reducing energy consumption.
Energy is a critical part of commercial processes and energy costs are a substantial cost centre within organisations, irrespective of the activities they actually carry out. An individual organisation cannot influence energy prices but, despite this, can improve energy performance and realise a reduction in energy consumption and save costs.
In addition to cost savings, companies with ISO 50001 certification can show customers, investors, shareholders... that they are making a positive contribution to reducing the use of energy resources and helping to limit global warming.