Mandatory Energy Management Systems for Companies in Chile
Energy Management Systems (EnMS) implementations for Chilean companies, began in 2011, the year in which the first version of the ISO 50001 standard was published.
The first implementations were carried out by the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency, supported by local and international consultants. Training programs included Certified Energy Manager and CMVP. Between 2011 and 2016, 37 sites were certified ISO 50001 (Source: ISO Survey).
This early experience was useful to raise awareness about the need of EnMS to improve energy performance in companies.
ISO 50001 implementation and certification continued, reaching 115 companies and 173 sites by 2021 (Source: ISO Survey).
In February 2021, was published the Energy Efficiency Law, that requires the development of an National Energy Efficiency Plan, including: governance, industries, buildings, devices and transport.
The companies must report their energy consumption every year, and must implement an EnMS if the final energy consumption is more than 55 GWh (electricity, diesel, gas, biomass, others).
According to the new regulation, the EnMS must be certified under ISO 50001 or meet the requirements established by the Ministry of Energy, that includes an external audit.
EnMS must be in implemented by March 2024, so for many companies it is a great challenge to remove the barriers to meet the requirements.
Industrial Engineer, Electrical Engineer, MBA, Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Asset Management Professional (AMP), ISO5001:2018 IRCA Lead Auditor. Professional with more than 20 years of experience in electrical power systems, energy afficiency and implementation of management systems related to the energy sector, such as business continuity (ISO22301), energy management (ISO50001) and asset management (ISO55001). .
Since 2008, he has participated in ISO/TC 301 - Energy management and energy savings, supporting the development of ISO50001-Energy Management Systems and other complementary standards. From April 2011 to July 2014, he worked at the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency, where he began the process of implementing the ISO 50001 standard in Chile and training for professionals in the sector.
In the public sector, he has participated in consultancies for the Ministry of Energy, the Superintendence of Electricity and Fuel, the Energy Sustainability Agency, CORFO, INN and other international organizations.
He currently works for Task Energy, as consultant in the implementation of management systems for the energy, mining and industrial sectors, he is also a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Santiago de Chile and in other training programs.