What is meant by standardization?
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and its European counterparts CEN are developing international standards and establish quality management principles and processes in various fields. There is currently no standard for municipal energy management, but one is to be developed based on the existing standards ISO 50001 (energy management systems in organisations) and ISO 9001 (minimum requirements for quality management systems) as well as on existing initiatives at the municipal level.
The ISO 5001 Energy Management Systems process and the eea management system share a number of benefits:
- Both are highly reputable quality management systems involving cyclical review processes aimed at continually improving performance following a PDCA continuous improvement process (Plan Do Check Act).
- Performance is reviewed by external auditors, whose evaluation is required for certification.
- Moreover, eea auditors must have minimum qualification and competence requirements and have to be regularly trained, which is in line with the European Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU) requirements and the European Standards on energy audits and qualification of auditors, EN 16247.
Especially in the European CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities (CG SSCC), where work has been conducted to map existing and performant smart cities related initiatives, as well as key stakeholders, with the aim to identify new strategic needs for standardization development, coordination is ongoing.
We are also collaborating at European level to bridge the eea process and ISO 50001 energy management systems.
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