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Early ISO 50001 Adopters Report Gains

Reductions in power consumption, carbon emissions, and energy costs save money and kWh

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 13:18

(ISO: Geneva) -- Evidence that publication of ISO 50001 was eagerly awaited is borne out by the number of organizations worldwide claiming to be the first in their country or sector to have adopted the new international standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on energy management. Moreover, several are already reporting significant benefits and energy cost savings from their early implementation of ISO 50001:2011—“Energy management systems—Requirements with guidance for use.”

An online article on the ISO website summarizes the experience of five early adopters of ISO 50001. The organizations are power and thermal management solutions enterprise Delta Electronics in China; global energy management specialist Schneider Electric of France; the Dahanu Thermal Power Station in India; LCD TV maker AU Optronics Corp. of Taiwan, Province of China; and the Austrian municipality of Bad Eisenkappel.

The companies report numerous early gains from implementing ISO 50001, including significant reductions in power consumption, carbon emissions, and energy costs, as well as benefits to manufacturing plants, communities, and the environment. The following quotes are taken from the article.

Delta Electronics—China. “With the implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management system in the Dongguan region, and production capacity at an even level from January to May of this year, we have already reduced power consumption by 10.51 million kWh as compared to the same period in 2010. This is equivalent to a reduction of 10.2 thousand tons of carbon emissions and a saving of CNY 8 million.”

Schneider ElectricFrance. “It is an international standard, so it can be implemented in all our facilities and our customers’ facilities around the world. It can also be easily integrated with other ISO standards such as ISO 14001. About 90 percent of our facilities worldwide are ISO 14001-certified.”

The Hive, Schneider Electric’s energy-efficient ISO 50001-certified head office near Paris, provides electric vehicles for business use by employees, charged via a photovoltaic roof above the charging station.

Dahanu Power StationIndia. The plant has conducted a series of targeted investments since March 2010, which, aided by the organization’s new ISO 50001-based energy management system, are expected to yield annual savings of about INR 96.4 million from raised energy efficiency and management.

AU Optronics (AUO)Taiwan, Province of China. ISO 50001 implementation is expected to help AUO achieve 10 percent energy conservation at the plant this year, save an estimated 55 million kWh of electricity, and reduce carbon emissions by 35,000 tons. The company now plans to adopt an ISO 50001-based energy management system at all its manufacturing plants.

Municipality of Bad EisenkappelAustria. During the first year, consumption of electrical energy is expected to decrease by nearly 25 percent with the main savings achieved by updating the wastewater plant and reducing energy consumption by 86,000 kWh, equivalent to EUR 16000.

Latest ISO 50001 adopters. The ISO article also reports that implementation of ISO 50001 is gathering pace worldwide, citing other organizations in Japan, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. In Thailand, the Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) Bureau set up to promote Thailand as a green meeting hub in Asia will encourage Thai MICE operators to seek ISO 50001 certification by subsidizing 70 percent of the THB 400,000 consultancy fee.


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