ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems or the EnMS standard was written to support the urgent need in the world today of reducing Green House Gasses (GHG) through efficient energy use. According to the ISO Secretary General:
The urgency to reduce GHG emissions, the reality of higher prices from reduced availability of fossil fuels, and the need to promote efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources provide a strong rationale for developing this new standard, building on the most advanced good practices and existing national or regional standards.
ISO 50001 establishes an international framework for industrial plants or entire companies to manage all aspects of energy, including procurement and use. The standard provides organizations and companies with technical and management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and improve environmental performance. Based on broad applicability across national economic sectors, the standard could influence up to 60% of the worlds energy demand. Corporations, supply chain partnerships, utilities, energy service companies, and others are expected to use ISO 50001 as a tool to reduce energy intensity use and carbon emissions in their own facilities (as well as those belonging to their customers or suppliers) and to benchmark their achievements.
The goal of the ISO 50001 standard is to:
- Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets
- Offer guidance on benchmarking, measuring, documenting, and reporting energy intensity improvements and their projected impact on reductions in GHG emissions
- Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources
- Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviors
- Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies
- Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain
- Facilitate energy management improvements in the context of GHG emission reduction projects
Environment Management, Energy Management, Sustainability and Social Responsibility
Implementing Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) is the first step to implementing Sustainability and Social Responsibility. Omnex has been implementing ISO 14001 since 2005 with an integrated ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 implementation at Yazaki in North America. In 2005, Omnex published a paper regarding integration Juggling Multiple Standards which discusses the integration of the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards and made the argument that over 95% of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 integrates. In 2010, the concept of integration was taken to the next level when Omnex integrated ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, and Food Safety Management Systems for Nestle. Over the past six years, Omnex has helped implement Environmental Management Systems in thousands of organizations worldwide. Click here for some background information on the Environmental movement.
The second step towards becoming a more environmentally-responsible organization is to move from the pollution prevention charter of ISO 14001 in the Environmental Policy and introduce Carbon Foot Print and/or water usage and/or waste to the scope of the organizations Environmental Management System. This change in policy will enhance the risk assessment and objectives, and plan for the organization, all of which are requirements of ISO 14001. A good standard to adopt in the second step includes ISO 50001, which is an Energy Management System or EnMS Standard. This standard, which is becoming popular world-wide, will focus the organization to help both bottom-line costs and the environment.
The third step is to integrate ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 26000 with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Earlier this year, Omnex published a paper at the ASQ Pathways to Social Responsibility Conference that discussed integrating ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 26000. Integrating the business processes of the organization and including process controls for Sustainability and Social Responsibility is both the most efficient and best method for implementation.
Another option to the step-wise implementation of Environmental, Energy and Sustainability standards is to implement ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 26000 and GRI together into one management system as a single step without implementing standards one at a time as suggested earlier. In fact, Omnex specializes in this approach since it saves time, effort and money. Contact us so we can help you understand this time savings and cost savings approach to implementation.
Integrated Management Systems (IMS) as it relates to Environmental and Sustainabilityis the integration of QMS, EMS, with ISO 26000 Social Responsibility, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems, and including reporting on Social Responsibility using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) into a single management system. IMS fosters the approach that an organization should establish one integrated system that is best for the business and not set up separate, often duplicate, processes or documentation to satisfy each management standard. IMS contains company-wide processes that conform to EMS, EnMS, Social Responsibility and GRI but most importantly they are designed and established in support of the business goals.
At Omnex, integration means developing common organizational processes based on standardized work flows, conducting integrated risk analysis (using FMEAs and Control Plans for Quality, Environmental, Energy and Social risks) and conducting integrated audits. At Omnex, we are continuing to pioneer ever more effective and efficient ways of defining, implementing and auditing integrated management systems.
Integration and standardization not only reduce confusion and redundancy in the workplace, but cost an estimated 50% less to implement and most importantly cost 50% less to maintain. Furthermore, the cost for registration is reduced by as much as 33%.
Omnex has been implementing integrated management systems since the 1990s, beginning with the integration of QS-9000 and ISO 14001 in the Americas for Yazaki. Since then, we have integrated ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 for organizations around the world including General Motors and TRW. Lately, we have integrated ISO 9001 and Food Safety Management Systems including an implementation where Food Safety, Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001), and Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) were integrated into one management system. Omnex recently helped Swiss Colony a 100 year-old Food Catalog and Bakery implement FSMS and QMS standards in a record six months that included QOS/BOS and Stage Gate New Product Development methodologies and 8D Problem Solving techniques.
Omnex provides training for top management in the understanding and integration of multiple integrated management systems, as well as the worlds only lead auditor course in Integrated Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001).
We believe that ISO 14001, ISO 50001, ISO 26000 and GRI can all be integrated together into one management system and can be implemented as one step without implementing standards one at a time as suggested earlier. In fact, Omnex specializes in this since it saves time and effort.