ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is a voluntary International Standard developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). This standard gives organizations the requirements for energy management systems (EnMS). This standard provides benefits for organizations large and small, in both public and private sectors, in manufacturing and services, in all regions of the world. ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial, institutional, and governmental facilities and entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 % of the world’s energy use.
How would you continuously improve energy efficiency with ISO 50001?
ISO 50001 energy management standard identifies requirements for an organization to establish, implement, sustain and improve an Energy Management System (EnMS), this enables the organization to take a deliberate approach to attaining continual improvement of energy performance.
This new standard will establish an international structure to help manage the energy supply, uses and intake of industrial, commercial, or institutional organizations, which includes measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for energy using equipment, systems and processes. ISO 50001 energy management standard is applicable to all aspects impacting energy use, and this can be monitored and influenced by an organisation.
Having a certification against BS EN 16001 will assist to adopt ISO 50001 faster.
What is ISO 50001:2011?
ISO 50001:2011 is a standard, with its family, developed by ISO provides a framework of requirements for organizations to develop a policy, set targets and objectives, use data to better understandings and making decisions about energy for more efficient use of energy, Measuring result and reviews.
ISO 50001 family includes
- ISO 50001:2011
Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use
- ISO 50002:2014
Energy audits – Requirements with guidance for use
- ISO 50003:2014
Energy management systems – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems
ISO 50001 Certification
Certification to ISO 50001 is beneficial but not obligatory by itself but can be legal requirement. Some organizations decide to implement the standard solely for the benefits it provides. Others decide to get certified to it, to show external parties they have implemented an energy management system. SWC performs certification to assure, all the parties (internal/ external) and to satisfy the requirement from any legal part, that implemented system is conforming the requirements of ISO 50001 as well as on the way to continual improvement.