Energy Management Systems

The Irish Energy Management Systems Standard, EN 16001:2009 (“Energy Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use”) was developed by an Energy Task Force established by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and comprises experts from Government, national agencies and industry. It describes the principles and methodologies to be applied in order to ensure that energy management becomes integrated into organisational business structures.

Its overall aim is to put in place systems and processes to provide significant energy usage reductions resulting in an associated decline in costs and greenhouse gas emissions achievable through the systematic management of energy. The standard is consistent with the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management systems presently adopted throughout Irish industry.

The technical principles of EN 16001 are critical to the successful implementation of the standard and in delivering desired energy savings. Because of this, a technical guideline was developed by a working group comprising representatives from SEI, INAB, the certification bodies and industry (IS 393 TG). It identifies technical stages and processes of an energy management system and provides a range of possible methodologies and approaches which could satisfy the requirements of the standard and ensure an effective energy management system that delivers energy usage reductions.

A Management Systems certification body must be able to demonstrate its competence to assess and certify an energy management system that conforms to EN 16001 and the associated technical guideline.

INAB accredits certification bodies to the international standard, ISO 17021 on demonstration of their competence to carry out energy management system conformity assessments related to products, processes, systems or people. INAB publishes a Schedule of Accreditation for each accredited certification body which specifies industry sector codes within which the body has demonstrated its competence.

The certification body must comply with ISO 17021 and any associated guidance published by the International Accreditation Forum, IAF and the European Co-operation for Accreditation, EA.

ISO 17021 has a number of requirements for organisational structure; quality management system elements, competence of personnel, confidentiality, etc. and the certification body must be able to demonstrate compliance with all of these requirements.