Energy is an essential need for our survival though we use more and more everyday. It is not possible to define energy in one word:
• Energy is the ability to do business.
• Energy is used in different forms and for different purposes.
• Energy means power.
• Energy means money.
We can classify energy use in different areas: production, buildings, transportation and other.
When its comes to energy resources, there are three main classes.
• Fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas)
• Renewable energy (hydroelectric, solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, hydrogen, biomass, biogas)
• Nuclear energy
– in terms of sustainability: similar to fossil fuels
– in terms of energy content: similar to renewable resources
Energy is being consumed quickly. According to present data; sufficient oil supply is available for the next 45 years, enough natural gas supply is available for the next 65 years and enough coal supply is available for the next 185 years. But what will come next?
For our future and our children to live a safer life, we must reduce our energy consumption by applying specific measures and accepting the reduction in elements such as quality, comfort and security. In other words, energy saving has become a must. Of course, it is important to reduce energy consumption without causing a decrease in the amount of production or quality in industrial establishments or in living standards and service quality. This is called ‘energy efficiency’.
In general, the energy costs of production facilities make up 10-50% percent of the operational budget of the business. It affects the products, services, unit costs, profitability and competitiveness. Under today’s conditions energy management is inevitable. If you have good energy management, you can reduce your energy consumption by 5-40%.
Energy management is the process of training, coaching, measuring, monitoring, controlling, planning and implementing activities to ensure the efficient use of energy.
ISO 50001:2011 ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EnMS)
The ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS), focuses on efficient use of energy and it is a management system standard applicable to small to large size enterprises, either on a stand-alone basis or integrated with other management systems. EnMS is based on the determination of energy policies in the organisation, the management of energy consumption within the scope of the energy management program in line with the organisation’s goals and objectives and evaluation of the performance of the energy management system for continuous improvement.
WHY ISO 50001 ?
The benefits of an energy management system include;
• Enables the set up of systems and processes for improvement of energy efficiency.
• Provides a continuous improvement process.
• Creates energy monitoring plans and energy analysis activities.
• Establishes an official energy policy and objectives.
• Provides an investigation for secure energy supply.
• Creates a driving force for technological developments.
• It is a systematic approach to managing energy consumption and decreasing energy costs.
• Improves business performance.
• Increases productivity and competitiveness.
• Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
• Protects the environment.
• Stimulates effective use of resources.
• Ensures compliance with legislation.
• Like an Environmental Management System, it can be easily integrated with other management systems.