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Energy Management Systems in Mexico

Laura Monserrat Balderas Sanchez
Liaison Coordinator, ema

Energy management systems are a tool that has been adopted in hundreds of energy-using installations around the world and integrated into the international standard ISO 50001: Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use, the most recent version of which was published in 2018. Energy management systems allow the empowerment of those who are responsible for the operation of a facility, since they ensure a reduction in energy consumption and its associated costs and environmental impact, increasing the competitiveness of those who apply them.

ISO 50001:2018 is a systematic tool that interacts with the different business models of organizations and encourages productivity, maximizing energy resources and the competitiveness of organizations with the intervention of economic, social and environmental dimensions.

In Mexico, the Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE) published a guide for the implementation and interpretation of the requirements of ISO 50001:2018, to aid with its integration into the processes and strategies of any type of organization. CONUEE gave an update course for evaluators of entidad mexicana de acreditación (ema), the Mexican accreditation body, which included a review of some important concepts about ISO 50001, ISO 50006 Energy management systems — Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI) — General principles and guidance, ISO 50047 Energy savings — Determination of energy savings in organizations, and ISO 50015 Energy management systems — Measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations — General principles and guidance.

Likewise, the issue of training, knowledge, experience and ability of the audit team for an energy management system certification was emphasized, in order to carry out an objective, effective and conscious review of the key elements to be evaluated.

With this course, the collaboration of CONUEE with ema was strengthened to continue supporting the quality of the conformity assessment of the organizations that seek to certify their energy management system developed in accordance with ISO 50001: 2018.

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