Using less energy Turkish home appliance manufacturer plugs into ISO 50001

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Issue 50 – June 2013

This article was first published in ISO Focus+, April 2013, and is summarised here with permission.

Many organisations around the world implementing the new ISO 50001 energy management standard are finding it easy to integrate with other organisational management systems such as environmental and health and safety. ISO 50001 provides these organisations with strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and improve energy performance by making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets, or by implementing new energy-efficient technologies.

Arçelik A.Ş. of Istanbul, Turkey, a member of the 'Fortune Global 500'-ranked Koc Group, the largest conglomerate in Turkey, is integrating ISO 50001 to improve its existing energy management approach in a more systematic manner. Founded in 1955, the company employs some 24 000 people in the manufacture of refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioning units and LCD TVs at production facilities in Turkey, Romania, Russia, China, and South Africa. These are marketed under the Arçelik, Altus, Beko, Arctic, Blomberg, Defy, Elektrabregenz, Flavel, Grundig, and Leisure brand names in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Arçelik was already making significant annual reductions in energy consumption before aligning its energy management system with the ISO 50001 requirements. The company was awarded certification in 2012, applied to the design, production, and marketing of consumer durables at its headquarters and eight production facilities in Turkey. Arçelik also expects to achieve certification of its factories in Romania, Russia, and China this year.

Realising untapped energy efficiency

ISO Focus+ interviewed Fatih Özkadı, Energy and Environment Manager of Arçelik A.Ş., to find out more about the benefits of implementing ISO 50001. Özkadı is responsible for all energy management system improvement activities in compliance with ISO 50001, including evaluating and updating the energy policy, organising energy coordination committee meetings, training, selecting suppliers and contractors in accordance with the energy policy, monitoring and evaluating energy audit results, and ensuring that Arçelik fulfils local and national energy resource requirements.

ISO Focus+: How do you think ISO 50001 implementation will change or influence Arçelik's approach to energy management?

Özkadı: Before ISO 50001 certification, Arçelik A.Ş. utilised its own energy management approach composed of practices such as measurement, monitoring, analysis, and reduction of energy consumption values. We have conducted nearly 200 energy efficiency projects in factories in Turkey, decreasing our energy consumption by 5% each year. This reduction results in a decrease of nearly 12 000 tons of CO2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per annum. We control our environmental impact by using the ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 14064 (GHG reporting and quantification) Standards.

In 2010, an energy health check was carried out at our eight facilities in Turkey by an independent body authorised by the Republic of Turkey General Directorate of Renewable Energy, who awarded the 'Gold Certificate' to all our plants. We broke our own record and set the bar higher through the improvements we achieved in 2011 when four of our plants in Turkey obtained the 'Platinum Certificate'.

Arçelik is reportedly the first company in the white goods sector worldwide to have achieved both, in addition to ISO 50001 certification.

Being certified to ISO 50001, we expect to proceed in a more systematic manner. ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements that enables us to develop a policy for more efficient use of energy, fixed targets and objectives, using data to better understand and make decisions concerning energy use and consumption, measuring the results, and continually improving energy management. Consistent energy management helps us realise untapped energy efficiency potential. We benefit from cost savings and make a significant contribution to environmental and climate protection.

ISO Focus+: Did you integrate ISO 50001 with other ISO-based management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001?

Özkadı: As a result of its corporate vision of 'Respects the globe, respected globally', Arçelik acts with a focused sustainable development approach in all its processes. We integrate sustainability principles with our business processes and objectives. Establishing a sustainable, responsible, and accountable business model is a significant part of the company's business strategy.

The Arçelik management system is the sum of workforce and workflows organised towards the corporate vision. We integrate various management Standards to increase the efficiency of that system, including ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety), ISO/IEC 17025 (competence of testing and calibration laboratories), and ISO 50001, plus methodologies such as Product Lifecycle Management, Total Productive Maintenance, and Six Sigma.

We manage these Standards and methodologies in an integrated way under the EFQM Excellence Model umbrella. Furthermore, new ISO management system Standards are easy and straightforward to integrate into our current system.

ISO Focus+: What energy efficiency measures and initiatives do you expect to put in place as a result of certification?

Özkadı: During our compliance studies for ISO 50001, we defined strict rules in our system documents and we will be complying with all these measures. Via these measures, we plan annual energy savings of 5% as a result of energy efficiency projects to reduce GHG emissions. We also plan to upgrade software to better control the procurement of energy-consuming equipment, increase the capabilities of our measurement systems, and, in 2012 –2013, generate a portion of the electricity consumed from renewable energy resources.

ISO Focus+: At this early stage, can you already comment on the benefits of the ISO 50001 implementation – can you quantify any energy savings yet?

Özkadı: We only achieved certification very recently. However, in line with ISO 50001 requirements, we measure, analyse, and track our consumption, and record the efficiency of our activities. We share our energy performance internally and externally.

So, we believe that we will see the quantitative benefits of ISO 50001 in the near future. In addition, we have production facilities in different cities in Turkey. As a positive outcome of implementing ISO 50001, we were able to benefit from the different experiences of internal and external auditors during audits. It helped us explore possible areas for improvement in different locations.

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Summarised from ISO Focus+, April 2013.


Published in energy.

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