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What does it mean to manage energy?

Energy management refers to the processes and methods of controlling and reducing an organisation's energy consumption. This is important because it allows one to not only reduce costs and carbon emissions (and the ensuing environmental damage), but also business risks. The more energy one uses, the greater the potential of energy prices increasing; a shortage of energy supply could also adversely affect a company’s profits and make it difficult for the business to continue. Energy management can reduce these risks by lowering the demand for energy, and controlling energy usage to make it more predictable.

The ISO 50001:2011 Implementation Course will share complete knowledge on the requirements of systems, processes and documentation in line with ISO 50001 requirements to improve an organisation’s energy performance. Undergoing this course will be particularly beneficial to managers, executives and professionals involved in developing, implementing, and/or maintaining an Energy Management System, as well as Facilities/Energy/Environmental Quality Managers, Executives and Supervisors.

ISO 50001:2011 Implementation Course

 ISO 50001:2011 is the latest standard designed to help organisations achieve effective energy management.

Organised by SEAS (Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore), the 3-day course held in April was the inaugural run of a session that introduced individuals to the requirements of ISO 50001 standards, and helped them foster an appreciation and understanding of the advantages of implementing an Energy Management Standard (EnMS). It shed light on how to establish systems, processes, and documentation in line with ISO 50001 requirements.

Apart from learning how to relate ISO 50001 to an organisation’s energy costs and GHG emissions, the attendees gained knowledge on describing an Energy Management System, explaining energy efficiency and energy performance, understanding the requirements of ISO 50001:2011, identifying and preparing documents in line with ISO 50001:2011, preparing a plan for implementing an EnMS, and others. Attendees found out how to implement the requirements of the ISO 50001:2011 standard to help an organisation develop and implement policy, identify significant energy and boost energy performance, as well as prepare and maintain necessary documentation.

Held from 11 – 13 April 2012 at the M Hotel, Singapore, the course was a successful collaboration between SGS and SEAS that saw a popular turnout, with attendees taken through various workshops, discussions, lectures and quizzes carried out by an experienced trainer from SGS. The trainer covered a variety of topics, including: Introduction to Energy Management, Understanding Energy Management, Interpretation of ISO 50001:2011 Requirements, Roles of Top Management and Management Representative, Energy Planning activities, Implementing ISO 50001:2011, Writing an Energy Policy, Preparing an Energy Plan and Conducting Energy Review, Responsibility, Awareness and Documentation.

Training with SGS and SEAS

Just like other training courses under SGS, the training provided was delivered by experienced instructors armed with a wealth of in-depth knowledge on the field. Narayana Srinivasan, a Product Manager for Energy and Sustainability in SGS System and Service Certification, was the trainer for the ISO 50001:2011 Implementation Course. No stranger to the industry, he has had 25 years of working experience, which includes industrial experience on Energy management program, Energy saving scheme, Energy monitoring and Management System implementation auditing and training; he is also a Lead Auditor and Trainer for quality, environment and energy management system, and is a Master Black Belt for a six-sigma programme.

Partnering SGS in the conducting of this course is SEAS, an industry association launched in 2006 with 160 members in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Solar, Wind, Biomass, Carbon and Clean Energy Financing. SEA also specialises in running trainings, courses and conferences only in the area of sustainable energy.  

Staying ahead of the game

Professional training courses such as the ISO 50001:2011 are created to help organisations face the ever-present environmental problems, an ever-competitive market and an increasingly selective clientele. Training company staff and allowing them to grow within a company is a vital part of sustainable development for modern organisations. We learn how to manage energy effectively because the need is rooted to an urgent global need to save energy – this is essential as it affects energy prices, emission targets, and legislations. Energy management is not only vital to the protecting of our environment, but also to the success and survival of every business and organisation.