ISO 50001 – Energy Management Standard & Superior Energy Performance Certification (SEP)

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The reason that there is a perceived need for an Energy Efficiency Management System (EnEMS) is that energy
efficiency is not an integrated part of normal management practices. Programs may be implemented but are seldom sustained because they are not part of the management focus of organizations.

The benefits that are seen from the implementation of an EnEMS is that it will engage management in active
support of energy efficiency within the organization, integrate energy management into the management
processes of the organization and involve staff at all levels of the organization in energy management processes.

Creation of a market based accreditation and certification program is seen as a key element in sustainable energy management integration at all levels of industry.

ANSI-ANAB has a long history of development of accreditation and certification schemes for various Standards and industry sectors. With this background and expertise ANSI-ANAB has taken on the challenge of developing the scheme for ISO 50001 and SEP.

ANSI-ANAB established certain goals for the program:
  • To drive continual improvement efforts in energy performance for all industry sectors
  • To create a transparent system to verify energy performance management practices
  • To have broad industrial participation
  • To promote an energy efficient marketplace and workforce
The U S Department of Energy has taken on the leadership of the project and has brought together a cross representative group of participants to form the U S Council for Energy - Efficient Manufacturing The council is made up of Ford, Toyota, SSAB, 3M Corp, Eastman, Owens Corning, PPG, Alcoa, NIST, Energy Star Association and The National Association of Manufacturers. These Key Stakeholders have joined together to accomplish three specific goals.

The goals are:
  • To act as Champions of U S Industries in meeting energy efficiency goals
  • To improve the energy "intensity" of U S manufacturing
  • To develop guidelines for SEP.
The role of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard is to provide a foundational tool for use by any
organization in development and deployment of energy management and compatibility with a third party audit and
certification scheme. ISO 50001 may be implemented separately or as an integrated part of other management
systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and is applicable to all organizations that use energy.

The SEP Certification Scheme has accreditation of Verification Bodies as defined in MSE 50028 Superior Energy Performance Requirements which is based on ISO 17021. It also defines certification of organizations to ISO 50001 as defined in ANSI / MSE 50021 Superior Energy Performance; Additional Requirements for Energy Management Systems.

As more is learned about EnEMS and SEP certifications ASR will keep all of our clients informed.

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