Energy efficiency – a priority

Standards like ISO 50 001 (2011: Energy Management Systems Certification) have been developed with the purpose of encouraging, facilitating, developing and measuring the impacts of energy efficiency interventions, globally. This is widely recognised as an efficient ‘tool’ to reduce the risk or uncertainty associated with energy efficiency interventions and will ensure that South African export companies remain globally competitive when confronted with the ever-increasing ‘green legislation’ requirements in certain developed countries around the world.

ISO 50 001 is based on the ‘plan-do-check-act’ process. Energy efficiency efforts are systematically documented and evaluated to ensure continual improvement. It is not a once-off initiative, like you would do for a typical DSM project. One cannot just compile a few documents in a rush for when the assessor comes out to check whether you are compliant or not; the overall objective won’t be achieved that way. It is a continuous process which requires that you stay up-to-date with technology development, tariff increases and a whole range of important external factors.


Take note

  • ISO 50 001 is important in ensuring reliable energy management practices.
  • ISO 50 001 sets specific requirements for energy management systems.
  • Adherence to IS 50 001 requires a significant commitment – but the benefits are clear.


Published as:

ISO 50 001: Black or white or BRIGHT

By B Bredenkamp, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)

Electricity+Control, April 2012 (pgs 60 – 62)