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Sep 1, 2015 - Building

"Energy Management Must Be Experienced"

Rhea Schöning, Expert for Energy Efficiency at WAGO Climate Protection Agent for the Weser mountain region

Every operation has its own organizational structure and culture. That is why it is so important to assist corporations individually on their own path to suitably designed energy management systems (EnMS). Individualization is one of the most important factors for successfully maintaining an EnMS after its introduction. Energy management must be experienced. The existence on paper alone is not sufficient, even if — without a doubt — the preparations are linked to a high number of documents and records that have to be generated. Therefore, we recommend that companies, who have not yet designed a management system with a defined data structure, should begin the introduction with an intensive review of the organization of documentation.

Our experience has also shown that responsibilities must be clearly defined, above all if external energy contractors are part of the project team. Also important: companies must create an interface with operations, and name an internal management officer or have a fixed contact person who conducts the introduction of an EnMS from the inside. The responsible colleague must have enough time for their energy management activities, and also the necessary resources and authority so that, for example, the provision of data and documents is provided to the energy advisors. This facilitates collaboration and the implementation is not drawn out unnecessarily.

We recommend, as a climate-protection agency for the Weser mountains region, that large enterprises who have decided to conduct an energy audit within the scope of the Energy-Related Services Act, should go beyond a one-time energy data analysis. Since the energy audit has to be repeated every four years, according to EN 16247-1, and its purpose is to document the current energy state of the corporation and identify measures for improving the energy situation, the audit provides an excellent foundation for introducing continuous energy management that could lead to an energy management system according to ISO 50001.

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