A large biopharmaceutical company hired Loureiro to assist in ISO certification of three large manufacturing sites, with the first one being in Europe. By creating an energy management systems and achieving ISO 50001 certification a site can guarantee energy savings, receive improved corporate image and credibility to customers, and improve operational efficiencies and maintenance practices. Through numerous phone calls and limited on-site visits, this initial site achieved its certification on December 2016, 6 months from the proposal. The site is still certified today.
ISO 50001 and Strategic Energy Management (SEM) follow the “plan-do-check-act” steps to continually achieve successful energy reduction. Loureiro aided the client in developing the plan and framework for energy management, managing the implementation of recommended steps and systems, and then verifying the results to confirm successful implementation.
What is ISO 50001?
The International Organization for Standards is a non-governmental organization that developed ISO 50001 for energy management. ISO has many rigorous requirements that facilities must follow to meet its specific requirements. By putting this system into place with clear action items, monitoring and improving energy use becomes a day to day routine task with clear steps to follow, receiving buy-in from upper management to the shop floor. Most of these requirements are described by Strategic Energy Management (SEM):
What is Strategic Energy Management (SEM)?
Strategic energy management generally follows the same process as ISO 50001 without many of the precise ISO 50001 requirements. It is generally more flexible than ISO 50001, and can provide similar results if committed and performed correctly but does not qualify for international certification. All ISO 50001 involves strategic energy management, but not all strategic energy management lives up to the rigor of ISO 50001 standards.
Some of the Typical SEM/ISO 50001 Steps
- Plan – make the business case for the facility, secure top management commitment, review past and present energy use, determine energy baselines, list and assess the significant energy users, determine and prioritize opportunities for energy reduction, prepare objectives and targets, create action plans, and develop energy performance metrics for the relevant variables.
- Do – develop a plan with structure and responsibility for all members, ensure the facility is trained and competent, communication planning, document the energy usage and savings, document controls, determine operational and maintenance controls.
- Check – monitor and record measurements of the system, check on implementation of various plans, plan and perform internal audits, correct and prevent non-conformities.
- Act – conduct detailed management review to ensure continual improvement.
Loureiro trained the site team on ISO 50001, and then assisted the Facility Managers with preparing numerous required documents and records for their third-party certification. Loureiro also prepared actionable and site-specific energy metric systems, indicating where energy is used, how much is used, and how it relates to production trends, historical energy use, and to similar sites. By following ISO 50001 and targeting areas for improvement, the site anticipates annual savings of roughly 3% of its energy use. Average energy savings for ISO 50001 range from 10-15% over three years.