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In the year under report, Tridonic has set
the course for implementing the ISO 50001
energy management system. Why?
Basically, we want to use all resources
efficiently and carefully. An energy man-
agement system (EMS) is going to help us
monitor, control and optimise our energy
performance and increase our energy effi-
ciency accordingly. For some time already,
the topic has also become a political focus;
in particular the issue of the EU directive
regarding energy efficiency at the end of
2012 has encouraged us in our efforts.
All Tridonic electronics plants have already been certified under the ISO 14001
environmental management standard. What are the advantages of ISO50001?
Obviously, the energy aspect was also observed within the scope
of ISO 14001, but under this standard it is only a partial aspect of the
entire environmental balance. With the EMS, the energy performance
in the technical environment of the company is of central importance.
All types of energy utilisation are thus analysed, evaluated and then opti-
mised. Accordingly, ISO 50001 complements environmental manage-
ment in a sound, reasonable manner, and we hope to obtain successes
similar to those we have achieved through ISO 14001.
Where does Tridonic stand with respect to that project?
Are there any results yet?
We are well within schedule. After the official kick-off in autumn
2012 and the initial energy assessment, the mandatory pre-audit will
now follow in early summer and then the certification audit at the head-
quarters in Dornbirn. Subsequently, it will be rolled out onto the other
electronics plants.
For the initial assessment, we had to ask a number of questions: Where
will energy be consumed? When will it be consumed? Which of the
processes are the most relevant? Only after the processes have been
precisely analysed can they be evaluated, and
savings potentials be identified. We can also
determine whether, and if so, in which areas,
energy is currently not used in an optimal way
at Tridonic, and then take adequate measures.
In doing this, we are assisted by the increased
transparency of the energy data and the
greater amount of detailed information in
particular. And we have already achieved initial
successes: for instance, we have found out that
a premature exchange of filters in a plant may
reduce energy consumption. Or that our heat
recovery is capable of development, since at
present part of the energy literally “deflagrates”. Now, we can put an
end to that.
So, large investments are not always required?
No, definitely not. Even small measures or modifications of con-
duct have an effect. Moreover, energy is one of the factors that can be
influenced by individual employees, for instance by turning off the light if
they leave a room. Moreover, with the EMS, each improvement also
impacts on our costs, since energy is part of the basic costs.
For Tridonic, the introduction of ISO 50001 will bring both ecological
and economic advantages in the medium to long term.
Production and supply chain
Tracing energy consumption
The introduction of ISO 50001 has been stipulated in the top sustainability targets of
all three brands of the Zumtobel Group. We talked to Markus Hollenstein,
the responsible person at Tridonic , about this.
ISO 50001
is the internationally recognised standard for energy management
systems. An energy management system is essentially aimed at increasing energy
eff iciency and reducing energy costs, energy consumption and CO
ISO 50001 focusses on the technical landscape of business enterprises.
The introduction of ISO 50001 in business enterprises is voluntary and basically not
subject to mandatory certif ication. However, by submitting to certif ication, business
enterprises demonstrate that they control the processes relating to their energy
consumption deliberately and in a targeted manner.
The standard is closely associated with the
ISO 14001
environmental management
standard; accordingly, integration into an existing management system is possible.
Markus Hollenstein, Director Business Excellence