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SA: South Africa’s First SANS/ISO50001 Lead Auditors Graduate
Source: CSIR e-News - November 2013
Source Date: Monday, December 02, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 02, 2013

The graduates have completed training by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEE Project). The auditors will now await applications for certification by local companies working towards greater energy efficiency.
ISO50001 was adopted by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) as SANS/ISO50001 in 2011 as the national standard for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. Whilst no South African companies have yet achieved it, the IEE Project is supporting a number of local companies in working towards joining the approximately 1800 companies worldwide who have attained ISO50001 certification at around 3 000 sites, most of which are in Europe.
Following the adoption of the SANS/ISO 50001 standard, the IEE Project and SAATCA developed and convened two SANS/ISO 50001 lead auditor and training provider courses in 2012 and 2013 respectively. These courses have produced South Africa’s first lead auditors qualified to conduct SANS/ISO 50001 enterprise audits and provide training of auditors.
The EnMS and ESO experts trained under the IEE Project will also prove critical to the SANS/ISO 50001 certification process. Unlike many other ISO standards, the ISO 50001 standard requires considerable technical input on the different energy systems in a plant, and as such the audit requires a team made up of various energy experts, headed by a qualified ISO 50001 lead auditor.
The implementation of interventions in line with ISO 50001 reduces the kilowatt hours consumed by a plant, thus reducing costs and the level of carbon dioxide emissions.
Companies interested in more information on assistance with SANS/ISO 50001 can contact the NCPC-SA on ncpc@csir.co.za or 012 841 3772/ 841 2424
Julie Wells
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