The publication of the ISO 50001 standard on energy management systems has been eagerly awaited by international businesses, and the International Organization for Standardization estimates that it could have a positive impact on some 60% of the world’s energy use.
Irish company Enerit has released the world’s first comprehensive ISO 50001 software for the new standard. The web-based system is designed for large energy users to run systematic energy management programs to meet ISO 50001.
Studies using Enerit software have already shown major energy savings. A regional development organization that owns 300 buildings ran a pilot for 15 of its offices and industrial buildings, reducing electricity consumption by 18% through no-cost and low-cost actions using Enerit software.
ISO 50001 provides major opportunities for large organizations to save energy and become more competitive. Many companies supplying large multinationals will also need to follow ISO 50001 – just as they were required to comply with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in the 1990s.
Enerit software supports businesses introducing ISO 50001 through:
Systematic identification of their largest energy-using processes
- Selection of the most cost-effective energy saving opportunities
- Clear fact-based action plans
- Integrating energy management into general management
- Engaging staff in an organized way in energy cost reduction programs
- Effective implementation through tools such as workflow control, automated emails and management action reports
Paul Monaghan, CEO of Enerit Ltd, said: “Unlike products that focus only on energy monitoring, targeting or controls, Enerit software provides one integrated system to deal with all energy information – audits, significant energy users, savings opportunities, processes, compliances, plans and actions“.
Traditional energy management has concentrated on control systems and technical improvements such as boiler replacement, CHP plants, and motor or lighting replacement programs. ISO 50001 brings a systematic energy management approach to organizational matters and human behaviour change, alongside technical improvements.
Monaghan, a former Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at National University of Ireland Galway, says substantial reductions in energy costs can therefore be achieved without capital investment.
An estimated 2 million organizations worldwide are expected to register for ISO 50001 during this decade, making substantial energy savings without investment, and maximizing the impact of existing capital investments.
...it pulls all aspects of the standard into ONE manageable package and greatly simplifies the process., Energy Lead, Global Pharmaceutical Company