How is a certified energy management system according to ISO 50001 different from EN 16247-1?
An energy audit in accordance with EN 16247-1 consists of systematic examination and analysis of the energy usage of a plant, organisation etc. with the aim of identifying and documenting energy efficiency potentials.
An energy management system in accordance with ISO 50001, in contrast, considers the interacting elements as a whole in order to establish an energy policy and strategic energy goals and also processes and procedures aimed at achieving these strategic goals (PDCA/continual improvement process). Certified companies profit from this in many different ways:
- They work in a way which is energy-efficient and sustainable, reduce CO2 emissions and therefore make a significant contribution to environment and climate protection.
- They gain transparency with regard to their energy consumption and can assign energy costs to the actual consumers. This reveals energy saving potentials.
- Corresponding measures can be drawn from the knowledge that is gained – for example for the production process or for purchasing. These measures help to permanently reduce energy costs.
- It is also possible to take advantage of tax concessions and other benefits (SpaEfV, EEG etc.).
- Managers and employees are made more aware of energy efficiency, often resulting in further valuable proposals for energy saving.
- Certified enterprises fulfil the ever-increasing demands of their investors, partners and clients. Energy management therefore helps to increase competitiveness.
- Legal requirements (for example from the EU Energy Efficiency Directive) are fulfilled in their entirety.
|ISO 50001||EN 16247-1||EMAS|
|Work and time needed||medium||low||high|
|Recommendation||Certification of the EnMS is suitable for all enterprises with high energy consumption who wish to improve their energy efficiency on a permanent basis, using the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) cycle and the continual improvement process.||Energy audits make possible systematic discovery of energy-saving potentials. Energy audits according to EN 16247-1 are, however, also a suitable preparation for installation of an EnMS according to ISO 50001.||An EMAS validation is suitable for all companies who, in addition to utilisation of energy saving potentials, also wish to achieve comprehensive improvement of their environmental performance.|