ISO 50001:2011 – Energy Management System

ISO 50001:2011 – Energy Management System

EXERGIA provides assistance and support in setting up an Energy Management System (as per ISO 50001) and implementing energy audits according to the provisions of the Law 4342/2015. As per L.4342/2015, organisations which are not SMEs must conduct energy audits by November 9th, 2016.

How are large enterprises defined?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined in the EU recommendation 2003/361. Therefore, according to the Greek State and the European Commission non-SMEs are the enterprises that have more than 250 employees and a turnover of over EUR 50m or a balance sheet of over EUR 43m.

Corporate obligations under L.4342/2015

According to paragraph 10 of Article 10 of the L.4342/2015 (which transposes Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive), non-SMEs have to conduct their first energy audit within a year of the law coming into force (i.e. by 9 November 2016). Full details of the implementation are expected to be announced through a Ministerial decision related to Article 17 of the Law.

Large enterprises that have implemented ISO 50001 will not have to carry out further energy audits to comply with Article 10 of the L.4342/2015. This is on the basis that the ISO 50001 system has included an audit of all significant energy use across the company, which aligns with the requirements of Annex VI of the Law and EED. Details will be provided in the Ministerial Decision relating to Article 17 of Law 4342/2015.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is a voluntary International Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in order to provide organizations a framework to manage and improve their energy performance. ISO 50001 addresses, inter alia, the following issues:

  • Energy use and consumption;
  • Measurement, documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption;
  • Design and procurement practices;
  • Development of an energy management plan.

ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 (Plan-Do-Check-Act). This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.

Why get an ISO 50001 certificate?

Energy management systems (EnMS), such as the ISO 50001, equip organizations with the policies and processes that enable them to better plan, manage, and improve their energy performance on a continuous basis.
EnMS is proving to be an effective strategy for organisations to cost-effectively reduce energy use. This saved energy translates into:

  • reduced energy costs,
  • increased productivity,
  • enhanced energy security, and
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

What we offer?

EXERGIA provides an integrated approach (tailored to the existing quality management system) while providing technical assistance to organizations for compliance with the provisions of the legislative framework (L.4342/2015) and as per ISO 50001. Our staff:

  • includes certified ISO 50001 Lead Auditors and comprises multi-disciplinary experts;
  • possesses deep knowledge on the implementation of pertinent management systems (ISO 9001, ISO 140001, etc) offering a streamlined and customized approach to fit to the specific needs of each case;
  • supports the client from the initial design stage up to operation stage ensuring, thus, that the organisation will successfully get certified under ISO 50001 standard.