This voluntary approach, for which Maïsadour was the first agricultural cooperative in France to obtain certification, highlights the measures implemented at the site to continuously improve its energy performance. The issue of energy and decarbonisation of industrial activities is a major concern for the Group.
What is ISO 50001 ?
ISO 50001 is an international standard that defines the processes and requirements deployed within an energy management system. It was developed in 2011 and revised in 2018 by some sixty member countries of the International Organization for Standardization.
Its application is not compulsory, but it offers voluntary companies a methodical approach to the continuous improvement of their energy performance, thus contributing to the reduction of their environmental footprint and the preservation of natural resources.
How was the audit carried out?
From 26 to 28 April, an independent auditor appointed by AFNOR Certification visited the Haut-Mauco site. Accompanied by Arnaud Rizzo, Maïsadour’s energy management system coordinator, he assessed the compliance of our management system with the requirements of the ISO 50001 standard.
This process took place in three stages:
1) Audit of the various documents and processes implemented to prove that our management system is consistent with the energy policy deployed, as well as with the objectives and targets set;
2) Visits to the facilities and meetings with the teams from each of the site’s activities, in order to question them about the actions put in place;
3) Meeting to summarise the various elements identified with a view to the next audit.
What are the conclusions of the audit?
The results are positive. Progress has been made since the previous audit in 2022.
Our strengths in terms of energy management :
- Very regular monitoring of energy performance;
- The ongoing roll-out of a monitoring system providing real-time information on consumption;
- The establishment of Energy Relays within the various activities;
- The introduction of energy-related training for teams;
- Implementing sustainable development solutions on site (installation of low environmental impact refrigeration equipment and self-consumption photovoltaic panels, photovoltaic shade on the head office car park and a corn cob boiler);
- Compliance with the requirements of the standard is rigorously monitored through action plans.
The audit also enabled Maïsadour to define its work priorities for the coming years.
This great success, achieved thanks to the work of all our teams, encourages the Group to continue its efforts in the field of energy management, in order to meet an increasingly demanding context (rising costs, shortages, regulations).
This certification makes the Haut-Mauco site a benchmark for energy management within the Group.