ISO 50001 is the international standard for Energy Management, released in June 2011. The standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, with the purpose of enabling organizations to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. More than ever, industry is recognizing that the management of energy is not only crucial to the environment as a whole, but crucial to the sustainability of their business.
The standard, which is built on the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS), shares many common elements with these standards. It is based on Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) and can be aligned or integrated with other management systems very easily.
Organizations of all types, from small family businesses to the world’s largest corporations and government institutions can benefit from energy and cost efficiencies through the implementation of this standard. The purpose of this standard is to:
- Help organizations better use existing energy-consuming assets
- Outline and reinforce best practices in energy management
- Facilitate transparency and communication around energy resource management
- Help facilities evaluate and prioritize implementation of new energy-efficient technologies and practices
- Provide a universal framework for promoting energy efficiency
- Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects
- Integrate with other organizational management systems such as environmental and quality
Benefits of an ISO 50001 Management System
ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems can help organizations reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and energy costs. It can change the mindset of global energy consumers and how they manage energy by moving beyond the crisis-to-crisis approach to creating a continual improvement framework that incorporates energy management into everyday organizational practice. The standard focuses on ongoing monitoring and improvement of energy, and not just a snapshot in time of a facility or operations. In addition, organizations focus on continual energy improvement supported by data, with measurable results related to energy efficiency.
- Improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, consumption and intensity
- Reduce energy costs, GHG emissions and other environmental impacts, through the systematic management of energy
- Demonstrate that the organization implemented sustainable energy management systems, completed a baseline of energy use, and committed to continuously improve their energy intensity
- Encourage organizations to improve management and operational processes, resulting in less waste (both time and materials), increased productivity, efficiency and cost savings
- Drive non-capital energy improvements with increased workplace engagement
- Drive better use of energy-consuming assets
- Help to support transparency and awareness of energy resource management