Environment and Energy
Energy Management Systems
Energy management is one of the greatest challenges in modern society. Energy use represents 60% of global gas emissions. Efficient energy use in order to reduce climate change is one of the 17 sustainable development goals in a global movement named Agenda 2030 by United Nations.
The ultimate objective of the standard is to assist organizations establish systems and procedures needed to enhance energy efficiency, cut energy costs and reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. The standard specifies the requirements for an energy management system to enable organizations develop and implement policies and goals taking into account statutory requirements and information on important energy aspects. The standard is suitable of any organization, regardless of the size, sector, geographical location, or cultural and social conditions.
The standard concerns only the activities controlled by the organization and enables the organization to:
- Design its energy policy,
- identify characteristic areas of energy consumption and areas to enhance energy efficiency,
- identify and follow statutory obligations and other requirements,
- determine energy goals and priority actions,
- provide for resources, functions, responsibilities and authorities in the field of energy management,
- to control, review and evaluate energy activities to ensure the intended operation of the energy management system
- to realize energy objectives and
- to adapt to changed conditions.
The energy management systems standard can be used independently or in integration with other management system standards. Its structure follows the structure of the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems.