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New energy data regulations & ISO 50001

Article by – Tony Cunningham, Risk ZA

Energy SavingIt was interesting to recently attend the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa’s (NCPC-SA) conference on industrial efficiency.

It brought a lot of good news amongst what is otherwise generally a bad story.

Much has already been done in assisting organisations to reduce energy consumption, with more electrical energy than the South Africa’s collective hydroelectric generation capacity being saved since the inception of the NCPC-SA’s programme. This off course translates to massive cost savings and less load on an inadequate generation system.

One case study revealed evidence of a steel mill shifting its fortunes from threat of closure to one of profit, due to improved energy efficiency.

On the other hand, what may be perceived of as ‘bad news’ to some, is the legislation being introduced to incentivise the reduction in consumption of non-renewable resources as well as reduction in related carbon emissions.

This legislation focuses on sources of energy, the impact of which is expected soon, and carbon emissions, expected only next year. It is the former that will therefore be addressed in this article.

The South African Government’s Department of Energy has published draft regulations for comment, regarding registration, reporting and energy management and submission of energy plans (Government Notice R142)

The implications are that organisations consuming more than 180 terajoules of energy, within the industry sectors listed in Annexure A of the regulation, will need to register and report their energy consumption profile within 90 days of the regulation coming into effect. Energy sources include electricity, coal, natural gas, off-grid renewable energy, and a list of petroleum products.

In addition to the above, organisations consuming more than 400 terajoules of energy will need to submit an energy management plan “in accordance with SANS 50 001 (ISO 50001), within 12 months of the regulations coming into operation.

The plan must be applicable to a five year period and include:

“a) an energy baseline prepared in accordance with SANS 50010;

b) the areas of energy efficiency savings potential;

c) energy performance indicators for monitoring and measuring energy performance;

d) a list of measures to achieve the energy efficiency savings potential, which are technically viable, cost effective and are to be implemented over the five year period;

e) timelines for the implementation of the measures in paragraph (d), and the period for the review of the energy management plan.”

The current concern, on our part, is the absence of required energy management professionals, duly registered to implement and audit energy management systems, as well as those needed to verify consumption data.

It is therefore suggested that the affected organisations don’t wait for the regulations before commencing with the required actions. 

RISK ZA has energy management experience with organisations in several sectors and are able to offer the following services:

·         Carbon footprinting

·         Implementation of ISO 50001 Energy management systems

·         Energy audits

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