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Energy Management2018-05-04T07:35:23+00:00
Energy Management
The legal requirements for the metering, monitoring and reduction of the energy consumption of companies are becoming increasingly strict. Especially for energy-intensive companies, there is no way past systematic energy management–for example, in Germany, proof of a certified energy management system must be shown to qualify for the reduction of the surcharge on electricity under the Renewable Sources of Energy Act. In addition, refunds of electricity and other energy taxes, referred to as the “surplus settlement” (SpaEfV) is only possible if an energy management system according to ISO 50001 or an energy audit according to DIN EN 16247 (or an environmental management system according to EMAS) can be demonstrated.

Companies that have already introduced a management system in accordance with EMAS, ISO 14001 or ISO 9001, are already well prepared for the development of an energy management system. For certification compliant with ISO 50001, all that is required is to introduce energy monitoring, to expand the management manual, and to supplement company objectives by the compiled energy aspects. Essential foundations for the introduction of an energy management system have also already been compiled in ÖKOPROFIT or ECOfit.

In order to establish an energy management system according to ISO 50001, we make an inventory of your major energy consumers. We then evaluate the main consumers based on key parameters or measurements. For consumption monitoring, we create a concept for you in order to set up a metering system. The first cost-cutting measures are often already possible during the project — for example, in lighting, compressed air or ventilation/air-conditioning. We are therefore able from the outset to jointly determine concrete corporate goals for saving energy. When incorporating the management system and the documentation in a manual, we emphasize a lean system. If desired, we integrate the energy management system into your existing systems and accompany you up to the point of successful certification.

The objective of an energy management system is a continuous improvement process in the company. The purpose is not only to improve the management system itself, but also the energy efficiency of the company. As an example, for ISO 50001, this is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (PDCA). Its central component is the regular conducting of an internal audit in order to check the effectiveness of the management system, and to define any improvements and/or corrective measures required.

In addition to the formal aspects, our focus is on the practical benefits for the company during an internal audit. To do this, we will discuss with you how your management system can be filled with life, so that a lasting added value results for your company through measurable improvements. In addition to the use of our continuously evolving auditing instruments, the development of the auditing expertise in your company is a central, critical function. We therefore acquaint your staff with their tasks within energy management, and enable them to selectively conduct independent internal audits. In this respect, we can carry out training in the context of a consultancy assignment, or your staff can participate in one of our regular seminars on the topic of internal audits.

You can download our seminar programme here.

New laws, more stringent limit values, changing regulations: The determining factors of energy law often change quickly and the resulting obligations to act are not always clear at first glance to companies.

We offer energy-related compliance audits both to organizations with experience in energy management as well as to companies that have not introduced an energy management system, but that want to be up-to-date with regard to energy regulations. We first determine the statutory energy regulations and provisions applicable to your company, based on our constantly updated legal check-lists. Then we define clear and unambiguous operational rules, with which you can ensure the fulfilment of these requirements. If we ascertain deviations during a compliance audit, we jointly determine the appropriate corrective actions. This brings transparency to the energy situation in your company, and reduces your risk of liability.

In-house officers improve financial controlling, certainty as to legal status and the organization of important, energy-relevant topics in the company — whether it be an energy management officer carrying out the function voluntarily, or a special waste officer required by law. In most companies, staff members assume these functions in addition to their usual responsibilities. In this case, there is often not enough time, and important issues are sometimes overlooked during day-to-day business. To prevent this from happening, we assume the following functions for you:

  • Pollution control officer (compliant with Sec. 53 BImSchG),
  • Energy management officer (compliant with ISO 50001).

As an external coordinator, we carry out inspections of your plants and operating divisions, accompany the implementation of efficiency measures, update your documentation and train your employees. We analyse your energy data, deal with anomalies, inform you about legal innovations and support you in their implementation. We also moderate working group meetings for the continuous improvement process in your organization, and much more.

If you follow up our energy management consultation by certifying your management system according to EMAS or ISO 50001, then we can connect you with the accredited environmental auditors from our partner company Arqum Zert GmbH. The experts there have many years of experience across all industries in the introduction and implementation of environmental and energy management systems in several hundred organizations. In addition, they are also approved as free auditors by the well-known certification centres accredited by the German Accreditation Body (DAkkS). The environmental auditors of Arqum Zert GmbH are approved for the following areas:

 

Industry NACE-Scope EAC Scope
Agriculture 01 01
Forestry 02 01
Production of foodstuffs and tobacco 10 03
Production of beverages 11 03
Production of chemical products 20 12
Production of metal products 25 17.1
Health Care 86 38.1