The long-awaited launch of International Standard ISO50001 on 15 June 2011 is likely to add further impetus to the energy management momentum that is building in South Africa. Energy is one of the most critical challenges facing the international community and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) estimates that the standard could have a positive impact on some 60% of the world’s energy use.
Gustav Radloff, Managing Director of local energy optimisation company Energy Cybernetics, comments: “In many ways the publication of ISO50001 is well-timed for the South African market since we are once again moving into a situation where we find ourselves facing a supply capacity constraint. Companies embarking on an ISO50001 drive will save money, gain international as well as local recognition, and help to alleviate the strain on the Eskom supply network going forward.”
The development of ISO50001 over the last three years will now provide organisations with a recognised framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices. ISO Secretary-General, Rob Steele comments: “Individual organisations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, but they can improve the way they manage energy here and now.”
An energy management system can often be confused with a technical tool such as a datalogger or SCADA system for instance. ISO50001 is an energy management standard which stipulates a set of interlinked processes, practices and procedures driven by a clear policy, with the aim to reduce energy costs. ISO50001 requires organisational changes, both internally and externally, to optimally make a positive impact on energy use. From security personnel who identify equipment in use outside of operating hours, to cleaning staff during their after-hour cleaning schedules, to the purchasing department that continues to purchase energy inefficient equipment. ISO50001 facilitates the successful management of these changes for optimal energy management.
Coming to Port Elizabeth, on 24-25 August 2011 at the Radisson Blu Hotel is the Energy Management System Implementation (EMSI) course which is developed around the European and International Standards EN 16001:2009 and ISO 50001. Gain the knowledge and understanding of international best practice to implement an effective energy management system. Through practical exercises and case studies delegates will learn to reduce energy costs, improve energy performance which will result in increased profits and develop a foundation for ISO 50001 certification.
The course is presented by Energy Cybernetics, in conjunction with DQS SA, by experienced trainers in the energy auditing industry and costs R7,500-00 per delegate.
For course bookings contact Christina den Heijer, 082 334 0923 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.energycyberneticstraining.com.