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Energy management in SMEs

  • Published 12/03/2011
The energy management standard may seem rather comprehensive to SMEs and act as a barrier to implement more systematic energy saving activities. New ways of involving SMEs in development and implementation of standards are needed.

Energy management and standards for energy management are developed with the aim of helping enterprises establish systems and processes to improve energy efficiency. This should lead to reductions in energy cost and greenhouse gas emissions through systematic management of energy.


The Nordic countries have a long tradition working with energy saving issues and the European standard for energy management has been developed on the initiative of the Nordic countries. The European standard EN 16001 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, and the comming analogous international sandard ISO 50001, specifies requirements for an energy management system enabling companies to develop a policy and to focus on objectives with significant energy aspects. The standard describes the requirements for an enterprise’s energy management system as basis for e.g. certification. It is the intension with the standard that all types and sizes of companies can use and implement the standard.


For small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the requirements of the energy management standard seems, however, rather comprehensive and may act as a barrier to implement more systematic energy saving activities. The result is unnecessary energy use and unnecessary costs to the enterprises.


This project will introduce new ways of involving the SMEs in the standardization work and especially in the implementation of standards including exchange of experiences. The project is expected to result in very successful experiences for the participating SMEs.

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