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World leaders are betting on energy savings through ISO 50001

How many leading companies are already betting on energy savings as a major strategy to increase their margins? Find out!
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Carrefour, Benteler, Mall Plaza or Repsol are some of the examples of organizations that already have an Energy Management System based on ISO 50001.

The ISO 50001 standard has aroused great interest because, having been designed by the world's leading energy experts, it offers enormous savings potential.

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To the obvious economic motivation, we must add the recent transposition of the 2012/27/EU regulation on energy efficiency whereby large companies are obliged to undergo an energy audit, or else justify it and replace it with the implementation of an energy management system according to the standard ISO 50001 in which the performance of an energy audit is already considered.

There are currently almost 8,000 certified organizations worldwide, after growing by 116% in the last year. This standard has been incorporated by a wide variety of companies from all sectors, mainly large energy consumers, but also SMEs.

According to the latest annual report of the International Organization for Standardization(ISO), published last October, Spain is the second country in the world, behind Germany, in terms of the number of certificates in the ISO 50001 standard.

Examples of companies that have already joined the standard ISO 50001

To give you some examples, here is a selection of the most relevant cases of new certificates granted during the past year:


Carrefour, the French leader in the retail sector was recognized by Afnor with the ISO 50001 certificate, rewarding its energy efficiency policy, and highlighting that its energy management system goes "beyond current regulations".


Neinver, one of Europe's leading companies specializing in the development, investment and management of real estate assets, has received the ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification from the German certification body TÜV Rheinland, making it the first company in the retail sector in Europe to certify all the centers managed up to September 2014 with this standard.


The oil company Repsol is characterized by its initiatives focused on optimizing the use of its facilities and minimizing consumption, and has already achieved several certifications ISO 50001. Two of the latest cases have been the Cartagena refinery, certified a year ago, and the Chemicals area in Puertollano, the company's first facility in Spain to achieve certification.

King Juan Carlos University

The Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) has obtained the Energy Management System certificate, awarded by the Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification (AENOR), making it the first Spanish university to achieve this recognition.

ISS Spain

ISS Spain takes another step forward in its commitment to the environment by once again becoming the first general services company in Spain to obtain the new energy management standard ISO 50001.


Vauth-Sagel' s four German plants obtain two environmental and energy management system certificates and achieve savings of more than 550 tons of CO2 per year.

Volkswagen Mexico

Volkswagen de México certifies for the first time its Environmental and Energy Efficiency System under the standard ISO 50001:2011.

Campo Viejo Winery

Bodegas Campo Viejo has become the first Spanish winery to implement and certify by AENOR its Energy Management System in accordance with the Standard ISO 50001:2011, consolidating its position as a benchmark in the Spanish wine sector for its commitment to the Environment and Sustainability.

Ercros of Sabiñánigo

The Ercros factory in Sabiñánigo has obtained certification of its energy management system, in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 50001 standard, issued by Aenor. This certification ensures that the center systematically monitors energy consumption and seeks continuous improvement of energy performance, which contributes to a more efficient and sustainable use of energy.


Chrysler Group 's (BAP) assembly plant in Brampton, Canada, was the first to obtain ISO 50001: 2011 "Energy Management" certification from TÜV, saving millions of dollars annually.


The various actions taken by the Lecta paper company to save energy have enabled it to reduce its CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 10% since 2006. These include the commissioning of new cogeneration plants, the implementation of improvements in manufacturing processes, the updating of equipment, the elimination of the use of fuel oil and the preferential use of rail transport over road transport. All this has enabled the company to obtain the ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification.

Mall Plaza

Mall Plaza is certified under the standard ISO 50001 for all its shopping centers. With the application of this energy efficiency standard, Mall Plaza is expected to reduce its consumption by 4,456,489 kw per year. This means the annual consumption of 1,485 homes.

Metal Carbides

Carburos Metálicos ' air gas plants have been awarded the ISO 50001 certificate for their commitment to the environment.

General Motors San Luis Potosí Complex

General Motors San Luis Potosí Complex obtained the ISO 50001 certification, being the only vehicle manufacturing plant in Mexico to have this recognition.

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