The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has officially granted Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Certification accreditation to certify Energy Management Systems against ISO 50001. This means that the company now has the necessary accreditation to certify organisations aiming to use ISO 50001 Certification to meet the requirements of the ESOS Regulations.
The ability to certify energy management systems is a major development in CIBSE’s mission to improve energy performance in the built environment because ISO 50001 represents a recognised Standard that it can support companies to work towards.
Professor Andrew Geens, head of CIBSE Certification, said: “We are delighted that UKAS have granted us this accreditation, and we look forward to making great strides in ISO 50001 certification in the future. As well as satisfying ESOS requirements, an increasing number of companies are coming to recognise ISO 50001 as a method of making cost savings as strained budgets require them to do more with less.
“A properly structured energy management system is invaluable to organisations looking to manage energy costs, but the carbon management element is important too. We’re glad to be able to certify, and give businesses the confidence to implement an energy management system. In demonstrating to stakeholders that they are compliant with the Standard what could be better than working with a Certification Body with the energy performance expertise of CIBSE Certification and with the backing of the national accreditation service.”
Kingspan Insulation’s main manufacturing site in Pembridge, Herefordshire was certified to ISO 50001 by CIBSE earlier this year. Adrian Pargeter,Head of Technical and Marketing UK at Kingspan Insulation commented: “We are extremely happy to see that our ISO 50001 certification has now been independently accredited by UKAS. CIBSE Certification handled the process expertly, showing great dedication to detail. The standard’s model of continual improvement is central to all aspects of our work, from developing new, higher performance insulation products, to improving the energy efficiency of our sites as we move towards Net Zero Energy.”
The system aims to improve energy performance by reducing usage, whilst increasing the security, efficiency and sustainability of the supply. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) estimates that the 50001 standard can influence up to 60% of the world’s energy usage in the coming years of its implementation.
Released in 2011, ISO 50001 brings together several countries’ local codes, providing a single standard for implementing energy management systems.