The rising costs of energy, the need to handle resources responsibly and the increase of global trade all require new and concrete approaches to energy usage. In view of demands for climate protection, carbon accounting, greenhouse gas and financial grant incentives, implementation of a sustainable energy management system will help improve your bottom line.
The Energy Management Standard, ISO 50001:2011 was released on June 15, 2011. The standard aims to help organizations establish the systems and processes to improve their energy performance, including efficiency and consumption. The EnMS is applicable to all types of organizations and is based on the ISO approach for quality (ISO 9001) and the environment (ISO 14001) using the familiar plan-do-act-check model.
ISO 50001 is designed to help companies enhance their use of energy-consuming assets, evaluate and prioritize the implementation of energy-efficient technology, and promote efficiency throughout the supply chain.
The standard specifies requirements for measurement, documentation and reporting, equipment design and procurement processes. It does not prescribe specific performance criteria, though it does require participating companies to commit to continual energy performance improvements.
Benefits For Your Organisation
- Continual improvement of energy efficiency
- Identification of energy savings
- Reduction of energy costs
- Competitive advantages
- Employee awareness and involvement
- Adherence to legal requirements
- Improved corporate image
- Potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Benefits of ISO 50001
- Initial Information
- Offer and Contract
- Stage 1 audit
- Stage 2 audit
- System Evaluation
- Surveillance audits
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
Offer and Contract
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
Stage 1 audit
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
Stage 2 audit
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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