What’s different about the SEP approach? For starters, it mandates third-party verification, so you can feel confident in your ability to demonstrate success throughout your organization. But it also leverages the ISO-50001 standard to help organizations add structure to the energy management challenge in industrial plants through a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” cycle that takes energy teams from reactive to proactive through simple steps to build a robust and lasting energy management system (EnMS).
One of the easiest ways to get started with ISO 50001 is through tools like the DOE’s e-Guide, which provides a step-by-step process to start building your organization’s energy management system.
Why does this approach work? DOE isn’t specific to point out the underlying cause, but I believe there’s no silver bullet, no single energy management activity that provides a substantial return in isolation. Rather, it’s the confluence of both organizational alignment around energy management (securing management commitment, establishing an energy team and developing an energy policy) and availability and access to energy data (to understand usage, prioritize opportunities, and continuously measure metrics against targets) that makes organizations that adopt an ISO-based approach more likely to achieve the same sort of results. 10% cost savings—it can be done!
Still not convinced? Go straight to the source. See how other manufacturers have achieved success with implementing a robust energy management system here: http://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/business-case-sep#case-studies.