Framework Conditions

There are several main reasons for the introduction of software-based energy management systems, differentiated according to the business. This is driven by the statutory framework.

Even smaller companies are given partial relief if certified. If, for example, larger companies forgo the introduction of an EnMS according to ISO 50001, a significant competitive disadvantage arises, in the globalized world, due to different taxes related to the price of energy.

In the service sector new business models are arising for example with utilities, municipal authorities and contracting companies. They offer their customers energy management services as an all-round service. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) provides support collectively for investments concerned with measuring technology and software.

 

ISO 50001 in summary:

ISO 50001 came into global effect in 2012 and does not so much deal with specifications for technical set-up around energy management: Rather, this standard defines structures, processes and procedures within the organization according to which an operating EnMS should be established. Introduction is in principle voluntary, there is no legal duty to become certified. Certified companies are, however, partially exempted from EEG apportionment and electricity tax

In essence, a PDCA cycle (Plan-Do-Check-Act) is established in the organization, which in itself draws a continuous process of improvement of energy infrastructure and a significant reduction in specific energy consumption. In the planning phase, accountabilities and the actual energy policy are defined in the company. These guidelines will be strengthened by the direct accountability of senior management and the establishment of an energy team. A record of the actual status is made. In addition, specific energy savings are identified and measures implemented with the provision of the necessary resources. The ongoing effects are systematically monitored and their results reviewed by senior management (management review).