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Abstract:The number of environmentally and socially concerned consumers is growing rapidly, in large part because environmental and social regulation are becoming stronger around the world. In particular, energy savings has become a quality attribute required to satisfy stated or implied customer needs. Knowing the different aspects of energy efficiency and what influences this quality attribute, and understanding key principles of energy management and its connections to quality will help quality professionals contribute to these initiatives and make a positive impact on the business sustainability of their organizations. The article examines three major areas in which an organization can achieve its goals for energy efficiency, with quality playing a leading role in reaching these goals: 1) energy efficiency of products; 2) energy efficiency of operations; and 3) decarbonization of energy supply. Energy management using international standard ISO 50001 is …

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Excellent article - Ms. Scriabina and Mr. Cort certainly hit the nail on the head. Organizations MUST realize energy efficiency or we'll all be in trouble, maybe not in my lifetime but... I look forward to more article from both authors.
--Pat Fremont, 10-10-2013

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