ISO 50001: The standard that provides best practice for managing energy

ISO 50001 is a voluntary international standard developed by ISO, the International Organization for Standardisation, and it contains requirements for energy management systems (EnMS).

ISO 50001 is an internationally accepted standard for energy management that outlines a framework for improving energy efficiency. The standard is applicable to any organisation, regardless of its size and industry sector. The standard was issued on 15 June 2011 and is based on the management system model that is already understood and implemented by organisations worldwide.

The purpose of ISO 50001 is to enable organisations to establish systems and processes necessary to continually improve their energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. ISO 50001 is intended to foster reductions in energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts through the systematic management of energy. As in all management system standards, successful implementation depends on commitment from all levels and functions of the organisation, and especially from top management.

ISO 50001 contains common elements like the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement cycle, ensuring compatibility and easy integration with the ISO 9001 quality adopted by the majority of industrial and manufacturing organisations as well as the ISO 14001 environmental management systems and other ISO standards.

A key part of the ISO 50001 standard is energy planning, including a definition of baselines and energy performance indicators (EnPI), the identification of saving potentials, a selection of measures and monitoring items and setting of targets.

ISO 50001 fosters transparency and enables organisations to build on their reputation by demonstrating their commitment to improving energy performance to their stakeholders.

ISO 50001 certification shows your customers, employees and stakeholders that energy efficiency is important to your business, and demonstrates that it is being systematically managed.

A strong commitment to energy efficiency will benefit both the environment and your organisation’s bottom line. Implementation of an energy management plan assists your company to:

  • Reduce emissions without a negative effect on operations
  • Continue to improve energy use/product output over time
  • Develop a baseline of energy use and document savings for internal and external use
  • Actively manage energy use and costs
  • Improve your reputation among customers, authorities and partners
  • Enhance staff moral