ISO 50001 Energy Management Software Standard – What Is It?
ISO 50001 is the global energy management systems standard, which specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an Energy Management System (EnMS). The energy management standard focuses on a continual improvement process to achieve the objectives related to the energy performance of an organization.
Why pursue ISO 50001 certification?
- Reduce energy consumption across business processes/functions and/or supply chain operations
- Identify areas of wasted energy and opportunities for increased efficiencies
- Reduce carbon emmissions and contribute to climate change reduction targets
- Reduce energy costs and realise savings
- Maximise use of existing resources
- Offset new builds and costly equipment upgrades
Through ISO 50001, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) provides a framework of requirements for energy compliance, which have been categorised into 4 areas – PLAN, DO CHECK and ACT.
These 4 areas address critical aspects of energy performance including the energy use, measurement, documentation, reporting, design and procurement practices, as well as other variables affecting energy management that can be measured and monitored.
If compliant with the ISO 50001 standard, your facility or organisation be able to demonstrate proof of the following:
- Implementation sustainable energy management systems,
- Has completed a baseline of its energy use, and
- Is committed to continual improvement in energy performance
Wattics energy management software helps industrial and government facilities, commercial companies and other businesses in the public and private sector use data and information to maintain and improve energy performance, boost operational efficiencies, decrease energy intensity and reduce environmental impacts in accordance with ISO 50001.
Fulfilling the requirements for ISO 50001 i.e. monitoring, measuring, analysing energy consumption and evaluating energy saving projects and actions are rarely possible without the capabilities of machine-learning energy analytics tools and features, like those available through the Wattics energy analytics dashboard.
Highlighted below are the Wattics energy analytics tools that enable energy managers to generate the insight, engage in the activities and implement the actions needed for ISO 50001 compliance.
1. Conduct energy review
Identify energy intensive and costly appliances/equipment and sites
- Identify highest consuming appliances and or equipment, discover increase/decrease trends over periods
- Analyse and compare your consumption and associated costs to identify where your money is spent within your organisation
- Analyse energy in kWh and/or currency costs
- Visualise energy consumption data patterns down to 5 minute intervals
- Enter adjustment values to normalise consumption data – eg. Heating Degree Days (HDD), Cooling Degree Days (CDD)
- Add multiple adjustment data sets to monitor and compare energy performance indicators (EnPIs) eg. (kWh/unit produced) relevant to the organisation or site under analysis
- Download charts and graphs in multiple formats for reporting: PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG and CSV
Recommended tools: Breakdown Tab
Establish energy baseline(s)
- Through the Wattics IPMVP-based measurement and verification tool, define energy baseline measurements for energy saving projects and actions
- Add additional detail for team members when defining baseline periods for a new ECM project eg. “The period between the beginning and the 24th of December were typical days for production. An earlier starting point not being advisable due to a change of schedules in October. The end of the baseline period is dictated by the dates of the ECMs.”
- Import baseline energy consumption data by linking to a monitored circuit or import energy data via CSV files
- With the Formula Composer tool, energy managers can quickly evaluate savings from energy conservation measures by importing baseline measurements from the IPMVP M&V tool and applying mathematical operators to baseline and variable data such as production. eg. Total production – Baseline energy consumption = Savings. These savings can be added to your dashboard as a monitored point, for which alerts can be set up should savings rise or fall below a certain level.
2. Conduct management review(s) of energy performance
- Activity Maps allow energy managers to view a month when a certain appliance is used and visualize the level of intensity with which it was in operation. Overnight activity and periods of high power activity will highlight sources of operational wastage and opportunities for additional kWh and cost savings.
- The Operations Analyser allows energy professionals to conduct a ‘what-if’ analysis on the hours of operation for a piece of equipment, and see how much money and energy can be saved if it was turned off during certain hours. The system will generate and display kWh and cost savings as if the new schedule has been implemented. kWh and cost savings for the current month/year can also be visualised when selecting month/yearly view in the control panel of the Operations Analyser tool.
- The Formula Composer tool assists energy managers to delve deeper into energy consumption data and discover new trends, opportunities for savings and increased resource efficiency with the application of mathematical operations and conditions across real meters, data points and any numeric value. Often referred to as the ‘swiss-army knife’ of the Wattics energy analytics dashboard, the Formula Composer enables the creation of a host of new measurements for monitoring, tracking and reporting including Co2 , GHG, RHI emmissions as well as the creation of condition-based formulas to identify issues across energy and non-energy data. The creation of virtual meters assist in identifying the kWh of other non-monitored equipment.
- Wattics Sentinel Trends system is a machine-learning module that recognizes patterns of energy consumption by using historical data. This adaptive engine forecasts the expected energy of any given circuit for every day of the week. From these trends, our system is able to provide a range of the expected load and alert energy managers to abnormal/deviations from expected patterns.
- Add an Alert to be immediately notified if the instantaneous/cumulative value of a monitored parameter is abnormal during specific time periods. Custom alerts can be created for goal setting, wastage monitoring and failure detection.
Evaluation, Measurement & Verification (E,M&V)
- Evaluation, Measurement & Verification of energy efficiency projects has been made easy to manage through Wattics IPMVP Measurement & Verification tool. Manage projects that affect a part of a facility/organisation or select to create a project affecting an entire facility/organisation.
- The M&V tool helps energy managers to streamline energy savings documentation and reporting through a series of steps or actions, that result in a comprehensive energy savings report for dissemination.
- Add routine adjustments i.e. variable data that could significantly affect energy use. Once this data is entered, the M&V tool will provide a graph displaying the regression model, formula and correlation factor – indicating how closely 2 or more variables are related or the impact of a variable on another eg. production vs consumption.
- Add non-routine adjustments or static factors such as holidays or any other days not relevant for reporting.
- Once all the data has been entered i.e. baseline consumption, reporting period, and adjustment data, Wattics will generate a mathematical model of energy use as a function of the registered variables. The tool plots the best formula in terms of energy model to be used for validation of savings and calculates the total correlation factor.
- The system then processes and plots the data in the savings tab of the M&V tool. Energy managers are able to visualize the estimated annualized consumption without ECM, actual annualized consumption, savings per year and payback period.
Other benefits of the Formula Composer for measurement & verification include:
- Verification of the regression model of your energy efficiency projects in the M&V tool
- Model future consumption patterns based on current and new baseline measurements
- Create formula meters to monitor specific events through alerts and notifications.
3. Continuous improvement of energy performance
- The Actions Tracker tool allows energy professionals to track energy saving projects and actions in one central place. By simply clicking on an energy saving project or action, users are able to visualise how much energy has been saved as evidence of energy efficiency. These savings can also be displayed in cost terms eg. Average daily cost of operating appliance before and after the energy conservation measure has been implemented. Savings from energy efficiency projects can be easily tracked and referenced on an ongoing basis. Energy saving graphs can be downloaded for reporting.
Recommended tools: Actions Tracker
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