New energy standard to cut energy usage and bills

New energy standard to cut energy usage and bills

18 October 2011 at 00:00
With worldwide energy consumption expected to grow by 53pc between now and 2035 according to the International Energy Outlook 2010, and with Ireland currently importing over 90pc of its energy needs, a new energy management standard launched by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), at a joint conference with Engineers Ireland, is being hailed as one of the most significant global developments in energy management in recent years.
 
The new standard, ISO 50001, could influence up to 60pc of the world's energy use, claimed the NSAI today.
 
Speaking today at the conference, Ireland's Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, said: "At a time of rising energy prices and increasing energy security concerns, the case for organisations to manage their energy performance is clear-cut.
 
"Standards drive change and the addition of ISO 50001 to the growing suite of standards specifically designed to help organisations reduce their energy consumption, greenhouse gases and energy bills is very welcome. Energy efficiency plays a key role in meeting our sustainable energy targets and we will seek to maximise the business and market development opportunities for Ireland through the adoption of ISO 50001."
 
John Power Director General Engineers Ireland concluded about how the business community in Ireland needs to collectively embrace new developments in energy management systems. “The primary purpose of this conference is to draw attention to the critical nature of energy management in Ireland. Energy cost is not simply an overhead beyond an organisation's control. Energy consumption can seriously affect an organisation's position in the competitive marketplace. It is vital that Ireland's industrial and business community embrace any new developments in energy management systems to enable them to effectively control their entire energy use and cost," he said.