Industry should act now on inefficient energy management policies, leading international certification body says
Inefficient energy management policies and management systems are leaving companies and public-sector organisations “wide open” to major financial risk, international certification body BM TRADA said yesterday.
Spiralling energy costs, growing concern over energy security and increasing regulatory pressure to reduce carbon emissions are making the need for greater energy efficiency a “necessity, not nicety” for all organisations, it says.
Heavy-energy industry sectors including transport, food producers and manufacturers, public sector organisations such as hospitals, schools and local authority buildings, energy companies and construction firms have the “most to gain” from overhauling their energy management procedures.
Failing to act could expose businesses to “significant” financial pressures and market uncertainties, as well as reputational risks, in the long term.
A spokesman for the international testing, inspection and certification body said curbing inefficient usage could save the UK industry sector billions of pounds in wasted energy. It also has the “very real potential” of reducing industry’s global carbon footprint, which last year amounted to 75million tonnes in the UK alone.
In 2013, the UK produced an estimated 463million tonnes of carbon dioxide — the primary greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming — of which 16 per cent was generated by the business sector.
ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management, providing an effective framework for improving energy performance, efficiency and consumption, and integrating this into management practices. The standard integrates with, and complements, existing management systems such as ISO 9001 Quality Management & ISO 14001 Environmental Management.