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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1758; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111758

Contribution to Energy Management of the Main Standards for Environmental Management Systems: The Case of ISO 14001 and EMAS

Department of Management, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, 20018 San Sebastian, Spain
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Received: 5 September 2017 / Revised: 19 October 2017 / Accepted: 27 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
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The adoption of Energy Management Systems (EnMSs) based on international standards has gained momentum since the ISO 50001 standard was launched in 2011. Before that, the potential to improve the energy management with Environmental Management Systems (EMSs) based on ISO 14001 and EMAS was identified in the literature. However, no in-depth analysis reported in the literature has explored this claim. The need for research is now even more evident with the development of new versions of the standards for environmental management―ISO 14001:2015 and EMAS III. Since many companies that already have a certified EMSs might be uncertain whether to adopt an ISO 50001 based EnMSs, the present work aims to shed light on the contribution of ISO 14001:2015 and EMAS III to energy management. Furthermore, the work summarizes the results of an empirical exploratory study carried out in eight Spanish organizations, four with an EMS implemented and certified based on ISO 14001:2015 and four more with an EMS registered to EMAS III. The findings show that both ISO14001 and EMAS certified organizations carry out energy management practices, even though they have no formal EnMSs implemented. Implications for managers and policy makers are discussed, together with avenues for further research. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy saving and efficiency; energy management; energy management systems; environmental management systems; ISO 14001; Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS); ISO 50001 energy saving and efficiency; energy management; energy management systems; environmental management systems; ISO 14001; Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS); ISO 50001
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Laskurain, I.; Ibarloza, A.; Larrea, A.; Allur, E. Contribution to Energy Management of the Main Standards for Environmental Management Systems: The Case of ISO 14001 and EMAS. Energies 2017, 10, 1758.

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