In October 2016, Ernst Koch GmbH & Co. KG passed the TÜV audit in terms of energy management systems and received DIN ISO 50001 certification. This certification marks a further step for Koch in continuously increasing the energy efficiency of its company processes. The energy management system helps to identify unused potentials, improve energy-related performance and reduce energy costs. Another positive effect is the reduction in CO2 emissions and other environmental effects of energy consumption. One year of intensive preparation preceded the awarding of the certificate. During that time, Koch planned the energy management system and set it up in collaboration with the company Gecon Energie. Finally, in the autumn of the year, the comprehensive audit by TÜV Rheinland took place. “Our thanks go to Björn Manke and his team, in particular, who familiarised themselves with the subject in a short space of time,” says Koch’s Managing Director Harald Udelhoven. ISO 50001 is an internationally acknowledged management norm which was published by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) in 2011. The standard determines the specifications required for the application of an energy management system. The norm’s goal is to continuously improve the energy-related performance of a company or organisation as well as to optimise its energy efficiency and energy consumption.