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ISO 50001 Energy Management

ISO 50001 Energy Management

Tax Savings Thanks to ISO 50001 Certification of Your Energy Management System

Lower energy costs, increased energy efficiency and economic efficiency: You will achieve this with the introduction of an energy management system. With a rigorous system you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 20 percent or even more - regardless of your industry or the size of your company.

By having your energy management system certified you can also benefit from subsidies from the Federal government, tax savings through energy tax caps for the most energy-intensive users (SpaEfV) and the compensation scheme of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

DIN EN ISO 50001 - The Standard for Energy Management Systems

The ISO 50001:2011 international standard was released on June 15, 2011. It lays down requirements for the use of an energy management system. The German version, DIN EN ISO 50001:2011, was released on November 24, 2011. This marked the official introduction in Germany of the first global standard for the certification of energy management systems.

The standard describes the requirements of a company for the introduction, implementation and improvement of an energy management system. The objective of the standard is for companies and organizations to continuously improve their energy performance and optimize their energy efficiency and energy use as well as to reduce costs.

Benefits of ISO 50001 Certification at a Glance

  • You will improve your energy balance and reduce your CO2 emissions.
  • You will increase your profitability and secure competitive advantages through lower energy costs.
  • You will identify optimization potentials.
  • You will raise the awareness of your staff of the need for more efficient energy use.
  • You will document your energy awareness and promote the positive image of your company.
  • You will benefit from funding opportunities and tax savings as well as from the compensation scheme under section 41 of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).
  • You will optimize your assessment of success in the introduction of new energy-efficient technologies.

TÜV Rheinland - Your Expert for Energy Management Systems

We will be happy to help you achieve potential energy and electricity tax savings (SpaEfV) and a sustainable improvement in energy efficiency in your company.

In 2011, TÜV Rheinland was one of the first testing organizations in Germany to be accredited to award certifications in accordance with ISO 50001 and carries out audits and certifications of energy and environmental management systems plus assessments and validations in line with EMAS. In addition, we support interested parties in all issues to do with energy management systems.

Our experts are on hand to assist you with a free consultation. Feel free to contact us!

Stages of Your Certification in Accordance with ISO 50001

1. Preliminary audit (optional)
The auditors conduct a preliminary assessment. By doing so they determine which requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, if any, have already been implemented in your company.

2. Certification audit
The certification process occurs in two stages. In the process the audit team checks, among other things, whether your energy management documentation already meets the requirements of ISO 50001. You also demonstrate the practical application of your energy management system, which our auditors check for its effectiveness.

3. Issuing the certificate
Once your company has successfully negotiated the certification process, you will receive your certification. This certifies the conformity with the standard and the reliability of your management system in accordance with ISO 50001.

4. Monitoring audits
Within the framework of annual monitoring audits, we check the continuous optimization of the processes and ascertain whether your company has maintained its compliance with the standard.

5. Certification renewal
By recertifying before the end of three years, you will sustainably continue your process of continuous improvement. You will be providing documentary evidence to your partners and customers of your commitment to enhanced energy efficiency.

Amendment to the German Energy and Electricity Tax Acts

The Federal Government promulgated an act amending the Energy and Electricity Tax Acts on December 11, 2012. The act is the basis for the energy tax cap and stipulates that, as of January 1 2013, the so-called tax cap (“Spitzenausgleich”) pursuant to section 55 of the Energy Tax Act and section 10 of the Electricity Tax Act (SpaEfV) will continue to be granted to manufacturing enterprises only if the companies concerned can verify that they are making long-term improvements to their energy efficiency and have set energy saving targets.

The German Regulation on the Energy Tax Cap and Energy Efficiency (SpaEfv)

The German Regulation on the Energy Tax Cap and Energy Efficiency (SpaEfv) was adopted by the Federal cabinet on July 31, 2013. This regulation laid down the requirements for the granting of the “energy and electricity tax cap” tax refund. Companies in the manufacturing sector that wish to take advantage of the energy tax cap pursuant to section 55 of the Energy Tax Act and section 10 of the Electricity Tax Act must introduce an energy management system (EnMS) in the years from 2013 to 2015. The only changes relate exclusively to verification in the implementation phase. These relate to the requirements for energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001 and EMAS (for large companies); the alternative systems for SMEs are not affected.

What are the main changes?

In the years 2013 and 2014, a tabular representation pursuant to Annex 2(1) to SpaEfV for non-SMEs is no longer sufficient. Verification must be provided in terms of chapters 4.4.3(a) and 4.4.3(b) of ISO 50001.

What is the regulation intended to govern?

  • Which alternative systems to improve energy efficiency must be operated by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)?
  • How is the start of the introduction of an energy or environmental management system or an alternative system to be verified?
  • How does the monitoring and checking of verification work?

What kind of evidence do companies have to provide for the year 2013 if they wish to apply to the Central Customs Office (Hauptzollamt) for the energy tax cap?

Option 1: Certification in accordance with ISO 50001 (submission of certificate or audit report for monitoring; may not predate January 1, 2012). An EMAS registration certificate (the certificate template or audit report may not predate January 1, 2012). A certificate verifying the operation of an "alternative system to improve energy efficiency" (complete energy audit in accordance with DIN EN 16247-1 or complete system in accordance with Annex 2 of the regulation = BAFA methodology from section 41 EEG).

Each of the three aforementioned alternatives must merely cover at least 25 percent of the total energy consumption for the year 2013, which the applicant company presents. Anyone who does not fully satisfy the terms of the aforementioned system options can also use option 2 to provide verification in 2013.

Option 2: The submission of a written statement of the Executive Board concerning the introduction of an energy management system and the naming an energy officer. Evidence of the introduction of one of the aforementioned three systems (ISO 50001, EMAS or alternative systems) in the form of a “record and analysis of energy carriers used” (Annex 2 (1) to the regulation).

Option 1 changes in 2014 only inasmuch as at least 60 percent of the total energy consumption of the applicant company must be covered by the systems introduced. In 2014 Option 2 additionally provides for the “recording and analysis of energy-consuming systems and equipment" (Annex 2 (2) to the regulation).

By the end of 2015, all system variants (ISO 50001, EMAS for non-SMEs; alternative systems for SMEs) must have been introduced in their entirety, that is to say, in relation to 100 percent of the total energy consumption. In the case of alternative systems, evidence must be provided of a full energy audit report in accordance with EN 16247-1 or a system in accordance with Annex 2 to the regulation including the “Assessment of savings potential” and “Feedback to the management”.

Note: We accept no warranty or liability for the above information.

Energy tax cap: To whom does the new SpaEfV apply?

In principle, any organization, e.g. commercial enterprises or municipalities, hospitals or real estate service providers, can introduce an energy management system.

Depending on the industry and the structure and age of a company, thoroughgoing energy management can result in savings of up to 20% of energy costs.

As the law currently stands, only manufacturing companies can benefit from the energy tax cap - from what can in some cases be a comprehensive refund of or exemption from electricity and energy taxes. According to the definition in Section 2(3) of the Electricity Tax Act (StromStG), these include companies from the mining/minerals, processing, energy and water supply and construction sectors.

According to Sections 9 and 10 of the StromStG, tax refunds substantially in excess of €10,000 tax refund per 1GWh of electricity consumed are possible. You should check, for instance in cooperation with TÜV Rheinland, whether you are in the category of companies that can benefit.

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