Hamburg, Germany, 22 December 2011 – Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has been accredited by DAkkS (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle), the national accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany, to provide worldwide certification of energy management systems according to DIN EN ISO 50001:2011. GL is among the first certification organisations worldwide to be able to offer accredited certifications according to ISO 50001. A company’s energy efficiency and performance can be sustainably improved by implementing systems and processes which conform to the new standard.
“The continuing increase in global green house gas emissions should prompt many companies to rethink the energy management systems they have in place”, says Bernhard Ständer, Global Head of ISO Systems Certification at Germanischer Lloyd. “I am convinced that this new ISO-Norm will have a positive impact on the energy efficiency of many firms. Our experience has shown that implementing systematic energy management can not only improve the environmental performance of a company, but result in significant savings. In many countries governmental support is available for the implementation and maintenance of such management systems.”
The core rationale behind the ISO 50001 is to promote continuous improvement in the “energy and environmental performance” of a company. The norm describes the requirements for energy management systems, which will improve energy performance, increase energy efficiency and optimise the use of energy.
The European predecessor of the ISO 50001, the EN 16001 introduced in 2009, will be withdrawn as of 24th of April 2012. During the transitional period, which extends until 24th April 2013, a conversion protocol has been implemented whereby companies with existing EN 16001 certificates can obtain ISO 50001 certification.