After the successful implementation and certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, Cement Division has embarked on yet another system i.e ISO 50001.
ISO 50001 is the international standard on energy management practices that gives organisations a way to systematically optimise energy performance in all process and promote more efficient energy management.
Through the implementation of ISO 50001, the following benefits can be achieved:
- Increased Profit
The cement industry is one of the most energy intensive industry in the manufacturing sector. In CMS Cement Division, energy consumption accounts about 20% of the total production cost. By implementing ISO 50001, energy reduction programmes can be initiated thus facilitating efficient energy usage and reducing production cost.
- Reduce Carbon Footprint
The production of cement releases greenhouse gas emissions both directly and indirectly. The heating of limestone release CO2 directly, while the burning of fossil fuels to heat the kiln indirectly results in CO2 emission. The direct emissions of cement occur through a chemical process called calcination when limestone which is made of calcium carbonate is heated, breaking down into calcium oxide and CO2. The process accounts for about 50% of all emissions from cement production. Indirect emissions are produced by burning fossil fuels namely coal to heat the kiln. The combustion of coal produces additional C02 emissions. This represents 40% of cement emission.
- Improved corporate image and credibility among customers, client and stakeholders
Energy Management also strengthens the company’s corporate image and provide competitive advantage to businesses. Global customers are very aware of environmental issues and, as result of good corporate citizenship behaviour on energy management is coming to be expected by stakeholders. Consequently, it also reinforces in organisation’s commitment towards sustainable development.
- Increase energy awareness among staff at all levels
The implementation of ISO 50001 requires the company to promote energy awareness to all employees. Only when the employees realise the importance of conserving energy, would the energy management programme be successful.
CMS Cement Division started its EnMS initiative at its Mambong Integrated plant under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Programme. Under this programme, UNIDO provided free consultant and assistance to CMS Cement Division in the implementing EnMS. As part of the effort to comply to the EnMS, a committee was set-up to specifically monitor the implementation of ISO 50001.
The implementation of ISO 50001 requires the following steps:
- Developing and implementing energy policy
- Identifying significant energy users
- Setting energy objectives and measurable targets
- Implementing and operating programmes to meet these objectives and target
- Taking corrective action if necessary
- Reviewing the system continually and improving where possible.
In May 2016, our Mambong Integrated plant successfully achieved ISO 50001 certification from SIRIM QAS International. Although the system is still fairly new, the committee has to date, rolled out several projects. Among the successful one, was the conversion of a cooler second grate drive from DC motor to AC motor which contributed direct savings of almost 30kwh. Other initiatives include to improve grinding efficiency through the use of grinding aid and replacement of fluorescent lighting to LED type.
Meanwhile, our Pending Plant commenced with the ISO 50001 implementation in 2016 and is expected to be certified in mid-2018. Our Bintulu Plant would follow suit.