Part 2 of 6: Energy Management Process
In the first part of this series I provided an overall strategic approach that we use to help organizations successfully implement an ISO 50001 compliant energy management process. In this and the subsequent parts of this series I intend to elaborate on each of the R5 phases, explaining high level steps and indicating direct links to the ISO standard.
The ISO 50001 Standard begins with a brief introduction explaining the purpose and intent of the standard. It states, “The purpose of this International Standard is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. Implementation of this International Standard is intended to lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts and energy cost through systematic management of energy. This International Standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, irrespective of geographical, cultural or social conditions. Successful implementation depends on commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and especially from top management.
This International Standard specifies energy management system (EnMS) requirements, upon which an organization can develop and implement an energy policy, and establish objectives, targets, and action plans which take into account legal requirements and information related to significant energy use. An EnMS enables an organization to achieve its policy commitments, take action as needed to improve its energy performance and demonstrate the conformity of the system to the requirements of this International Standard.”
Keeping the intent of the standard in mind, let’s discuss the high level steps in this “Recognize” phase.
- Management Training/Awareness – As with all new efforts, it is critical that clear understanding of the objectives, expectations, and communication plan begins with the management team and filters through the organization. For an energy management program to be successful, it needs the commitment and support of the organization’s management and should be in synergy with the organization’s objectives.
Since a common element of a successful energy management program is leadership commitment, a Fundamentals of Energy Management workshop targeted to select management and leadership team members, union leadership (if applicable) and key stakeholders is essential. The goal is that each participant will learn the foundation of energy management, how they have an impact, and how best practice organizations select, implement, and sustain energy savings initiatives.
These activities will help create awareness and the desire to set the stage for cultural change that must occur within an organization as they move further into the energy management program. Clear objectives and goals of the program (Energy Policy) are developed during this session and will become the guiding principles of the sites energy management program.
Weaving Change Management into every new initiative/program helps to enable tangible and sustainable results. This step is important in helping communicate all efforts and address any potential concerns along with integrating the expectations with the organization’s culture.
- Energy Team Selection/Resource Allocation – Energy management requires a systematic approach from the selection of a suitable team to achieving and maintaining energy savings. The right people with the right attitude and motivation are instrumental to all successful initiatives.
Selecting a team with the right skills and allocating the necessary required time to lead and execute the energy management program is extremely important. In many cases, organizations may not have people with all the necessary technical expertise to implement each aspects of the energy management program. In such situations, outside support may be required to provide engaged resources to help carry out some of the required implementation tasks.
A cross functional energy management team will be necessary for maximum sustainable improvements. Team member representatives should be selected from the following areas of responsibility: plant management, engineering, finance, operations, maintenance, and procurement.
If you are familiar with the ISO 50001 standard you will recognize that in this phase we address the key areas related to:
- Energy management system requirements (Section 4)
- Management responsibilities (Sections 4.2 – 4.2.2, & 4.4.6)
- Energy Policy (Section 4.3)
- Competence, training and awareness (Section 4.5.2)
It is in this “Recognize” phase that the ground work is performed to set the stage for becoming ISO 50001 compliant, reduce energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and increase equipment reliability. I hope you enjoyed this blog and will drop back by as I continue to walk through the remaining R5 Phases. As always, I appreciate the feedback so feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.