WHAT IS
ISO 50001:2018
ENERGY
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The ISO 50001 energy management standard specifies the requirements for an organisation to establish, implement, maintain, and improve an Energy Management System (EnMS), allowing the organisation to take a systematic approach to achieving continuous energy performance improvement. As part of improved energy performance, the standard will assist you in meeting your environmental and carbon reduction targets. It demonstrates how to take a systematic approach to measuring and monitoring how much energy you use, allowing you to get more out of less.

ISO 50001 is an excellent tool for assisting your organisation in establishing the systems and processes required for improved energy efficiency, financial savings, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through systematic energy management.

Benefits of ISO 50001:2018

  • Make better use of energy sources.

  • Lower your expenses.

  • Cut down on energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Increased competitiveness as a result of lower energy consumption.

  • Make it easier to comply with legal and regulatory requirements for energy efficiency and energy management.

  • Enhance your organization’s reputation for environmental stewardship.

  • Mitigate the impact of rising costs,

  • Meet statutory or self-imposed carbon targets

  • Lessen our reliance on fossil fuels, and Improve the organization’s reputation as a socially responsible organisation.

  • Identify and Manage the risks surrounding your future energy supply

  • Measure and monitor energy use to identify where to improve energy efficiency Improve overall performance to reduce energy consumption and bills

  • Reduce carbon emissions and meet government reduction targets Demonstrate environmental credentials to increase tender opportunities

ISO 50001:2018 Clause

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance Evaluation
  10. Improvement

History of ISO 50001

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) recognised in April 2007 that industry around the world needed to take a stand in response to climate change, so UNIDO stakeholders decided to ask ISO to develop an international energy management standard.

The US Technical Advisory Group was supported by the Department of Energy (DoE) and US CEEM. This contributed to ISO 50001 remaining focused on process and data-driven energy efficiency, as well as stakeholder/management support.

In 2018, ISO released a revised version of ISO 50001. The revision is motivated by a desire to better promote the standard’s adoption by small and medium-sized businesses. Furthermore, it incorporates ISO’s high level structure, allowing organisations to combine a number of management standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

Why is ISO 50001 Important?

Energy is critical to the organization’s operations and can result in significant costs regardless of the organization’s activities. Energy Management advises on energy use throughout the organization’s supply chain, from raw materials to recycling. Aside from costs, energy consumption contributes to climate change. Other reasons why it is important because:

  • People will respond positively to your organisation if you actively set goals to reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Recognize how statutory and regulatory requirements affect your company and its customers.

  • Independent validation against a globally recognised industry standard says a lot.

  • Certification is often required as a condition of supply in procurement specifications, so certification opens doors.

  • Encourages more efficient use of your resources, which reduces the number of claims, returns, reprocesses, and rejections – potentially resulting in lower levels of regulatory reporting.

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