Energy is something we all need and are ever conscious of its rising cost, and for those within large businesses or in the public sector then the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) applies which targets emissions. Add to that the fact that energy is a limited resource then it is easy to see why ISO 50001:2011 was developed.
ISO 50001 is a standard that states what is required for an Energy Management System. It is designed to make the most of energy technology and helps organisations to reduce their energy consumption and to conserve energy. The result should be reduced energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. ISO 50001 allows organisations to take on a systematic approach to continually improve their energy performance and establish a credible certified reputation.
How do you do it? Well by introducing energy policies, planning best ways to manage things, carrying out energy reviews to allow baseline energy consumption and performance indicators to be monitored. The standard also allows the best practice buying of energy services, products and equipment. All of these tie in with the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme if this is applicable to your organisation.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is a government scheme designed to drive emissions reductions in the target sectors by incentivising the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities through the application of financial, drivers, that is additional tax may be levied, and reputational drivers. This scheme was introduced in April 2010, and on 27th March this year a new consultation was started into the possibility of simplifying the process. A simplified CRC ought to deliver its energy efficiency and carbon reduction objectives whilst making compliance easier and less burdensome for participants.
Who should consider ISO 50001?
Anyone wanting to reduce their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and improve their organization’s reputation
Those who want to develop a deeper understanding of internationally recognised best practice energy management
Users of ISO 14001 who would like to develop their energy management systems
Anyone responsible for the planning and implementation of an energy management system and is responsible for ensuring compliance to the various energy regulations.
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