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In signing an Energy Agreement with the Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAI), you willmake your best endeavours to obtain and retain certification to ISO 50001 and reduceyour energy-related emissions.'Best endeavours' means you commit sufficient resources to obtain ISO 50001 within 12months (maximum 24 months) and then use the energy-management system tomaximise energy savings in both the short and long term.
It depends on the scale and complexity of your process and whether you are certified toISO 14001.
Engineering input is needed during the Energy Review phase, to analyse energy use.Systems input is needed to set up and align ISO 50001 systems alongside ISO 14001.
After that, minimal extra input is required, since energy management is everyone'sresponsibility. Some people will have extra responsibility, but all staff should be energyaware.
You will need to invest in energy-saving projects that make economic sense, and toinvestigate larger-scale opportunities to establish if you can implement them successfullyin the longer term.
SEAI will assist with special investigations. In most cases there will be little capitalinvestment in the first year of implementing ISO 50001.
You should begin as soon as your work schedule allows and plan to finish the processaround 12 months later.
You must be accredited to a formalised Energy Management System within 2 years ofstarting work on it, or the agreement is null and void.
It's an assessment that third-party experts will carry out to determine the gap betweenwhere you are currently and what you need to do to achieve certification to ISO 50001.
In essence, the analysis will tell you the actions and activities required so that you canachieve certification to ISO 50001. It will also clarify what resources you need to assign.
The gap analysis, including a systems and a technical review, will take up to two days. Itwill be conducted by local consultants trained by SEAI. The Irish National AccreditationBody will supervise the quality of the assessment.
SEAI will pay for the analysis, up to a maximum pre-agreed amount.
You are likely to achieve immediate energy cost savings through 'low-hanging fruit' and easily identifiable opportunities. Your later special investigations will reveal further 'hidden' energy-saving opportunities.
SEAI offers a range of supports, including:
It also provides information resources, including:
Head Office: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2. t: +353-1-8082100 f:+353--1-8082002
General Consumer enquires: Lo-Call 1850 376 666 Info@seai.ie
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