Early ISO 50001 adopters report gains through energy management standard
August 16, 2011 - Several businesses claiming to be the first in their country or sector to have adopted the new ISO 50001 International Standard on energy management are reporting “significant benefits and energy cost savings.”
By Alyssa Dalton
An online article on the ISO website summarizes the experience of five early adopters of ISO 50001: Delta Electronics in China; Schneider Electric of France: Dahanu Thermal Power Station in India; LCD TV maker AU Optronics Corp of Taiwan, province of China, and the Austrian municipality of Bad Eisenkappel, and state that the companies report “numerous early gains from implementing ISO 50001, including significant reductions in power consumption, carbon emissions and energy costs, and benefits to manufacturing plants, communities and the environment.”
● 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,” said Delta Electronics. “This is equivalent to a reduction of 10.2 thousand tons of carbon emissions and a saving of CNY 8 million.”
● Schneider Electric – France
“It is an International Standard, so it can be implemented in all our facilities and our customers’ facilities around the world,” said Schneider Electric. “It can also be easily integrated with other ISO standards such as ISO 14001. About 90 % of our facilities worldwide are ISO 14001-certified.”
● Dahanu Power Station – India
“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,” said ISO.
● AU Optronics – Taiwan, Province of China
According to ISO: “ISO 50001 implementation is expected to help AUO achieve 10 % 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 Eisenkappel – Austria
“During the first year, consumption of electrical energy is expected to decrease by nearly 25 % with the main savings achieved by updating the waste water plant and reducing energy consumption by 86,000 kWh, equivalent to EUR 16,000,” said ISO.
ISO 50001 was launched by ISO in June 2011 at an event in Geneva, Switzerland.