As one of energy management programs under the 4th basic plan of energy use rationalization, KEMCO has been supporting industrial plants and commercial buildings, especially those that are energy intensive, to implement Energy Management System (EnMS) since 2007 with the Ministry of Knowledge Economy. Successfully implemented within the context of national policy frameworks, Energy Management System (EnMS), a standard or an energy management protocol, is expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance while reducing GHG emission systematically.
- ISO 50001 and an equivalent national standard
- The Korean national standard for EnMS, KS A 4000:2007 was launched in December 2007 and replaced with KS A ISO 50001:2011 in October 2011 following the adaption of the international standard ISO 50001:2011 in June 2011. The national standards were developed by KATS (Korean Agency for Technology and Standards) with support from KEMCO and technical experts. ISO 50001, the new international standard or an equivalent energy management protocol, includes energy management activities, practices and processes based on the PDCA cycle. The PDCA cycle had its origin with Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s lecture in Japan in 1950. More generally, the PDCA cycle and the Model for Improvement have their roots in the scientific method and the philosophy of science that has evolved for more than 400 years. Existing ISO standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 are based on the PDCA principle as well.
- Training courses and technical information
- KEMCO has developed two types of EnMS training courses with private institutions. One is designed for EnMS auditors, and the other is for company staffs. Those two training courses have been provided since 2008 according to annual training plan. The EnMS training courses cover the following materials:
- - requirements specified by ISO 50001
- how to perform an energy review and target setting
- how to manage energy efficiency of facilities
- data reliability and measuring systems
- ISO management system
- GHG emission calculation
- auditing skills for certification
- The EnMS website (http://www. kemco.or.kr/EMS) provides general and technical information for the public.
- Pilot EnMS cetification program
- KEMCO had run an EnMS pilot certification program from 2008 to 2011. Twenty industrial plants and three commercial buildings including Samsung Corning Precision Materials, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors and Incheon International Airport, have joined the program. By 2011, 13 of the participants have been certified by KEMCO and the program has been completed in early 2012. The certification scheme was developed and operated on the basis of ISO/IEC 17021. The auditing team consists of experts in the following three major fields: energy assessment, ISO management system and monitoring & measuring system.
- Future Plan
- KEMCO plans to actively participate in international collaboration through GSEP (Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership), UNIDO, and, possibly other international programs which will help develop sound certification scheme and technical tools supporting Energy Management Systems (EnMS). Through the international collaboration, KEMCO will challenge such anticipated tasks as M&V protocol, program criteria, energy performance level requirements and benchmark energy efficiency. It will also continuously provide supporting tools and training courses to industrial plants and commercial buildings. The primary policy for EnMS in Korea will be GSEP. GSEP is one of 13 ongoing Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) initiatives of which objective are to significantly cut global energy use by:
- Encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continuous improvements in energy efficiency
- Promoting public?private partnerships for cooperation on specific technologies or in individual energy-intensive sectors
Among six working groups within GSEP, the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) for EnMS has its mission of facilitating international dialogue to share strategies and best practices to:
(a) help participating governments shape national programs;
(b) increase consistency across national certification programs; and
(c) leverage resources to foster and accelerate energy management and continuous energy
performance improvements in industrial facilities and buildings.