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What is an Energy Management System?

An Energy Management System (EnMS) is a systematic process for continually improving energy performance. It is suitable for all organisations, whatever the
size or sector, but is particularly beneficial if you operate energy-intensive processes.

Establishing an EnMS requires you to:

  • Develop and implement an energy policy
  • Identify your main energy users
  • Set energy objectives and measurable targets
  • Implement and operate programmes to meet these objectives and targets
  • Check and take corrective action as required
  • Review your system continually and improve where possible

Continual improvement, which is a key feature of the standard, ensures that you remain alert for new opportunities as they arise and exploit all areas where energy savings can be achieved.

 
How will it benefit you?

The main benefits of an EnMS are that it:

  • Embeds best-practice energy management in your day-to-day operations
  • Improves your performance and productivity
  • Reduces your energy costs
  • Ensures that you maintain a process of continual improvement
  • Ensures that senior managers commit to energy efficiency and that all staff play a role in the process
  • Helps you to comply with your energy-efficiency and emission-reduction obligations
  • Standardises processes so that improvements are sustained over time
 
The long-term benefits

As the system matures, your energy management becomes more effective. You can continuously improve your energy performance at a faster pace. And
energy awareness becomes embedded in the culture of your organisation.

You reap great strategic benefits by:

  • Reducing your energy use over the long term
  • Cutting your costs year on year
  • Meeting your carbon-abatement obligations
  • Influencing the energy requirements of the entire value chain

As well, by maintaining a certified energy-management system, you demonstrate publicly your corporate social responsibility.

 
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