ISO 50001:2011

Abstract

ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.

ISO 50001:2011 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy;
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy;
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use;
  • Measure the results;
  • Review how well the policy works, and;
  • Continually improve energy management.

ISO 50001:2011: Energy Management

Energy Management Standards constitute a demonstrated effective policy tool and market- based mechanism to bring about sustainable energy efficiency in industry (UNIDO)

Energy management standards are being developed to provide organizations with a roadmap for ensuring that their energy use is as efficient as possible

The purpose of this International Standard is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption. Implementation of this International Standard is intended to lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts and energy cost through systematic management of energy. This International Standard is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations, irrespective of geographical, cultural or social conditions. Successful implementation depends on commitment from all levels and functions of the organization, and especially from top management.

This International Standard specifies energy management system (EnMS) requirements, upon which an organization can develop and implement an energy policy, and establish objectives, targets, and action plans which take into account legal requirements and information related to significant energy use. An EnMS enables an organization to achieve its policy commitments, take action as needed to improve its energy performance and demonstrate the conformity of the system to the requirements of this International Standard.

Overview

ISO 50001 establishes a voluntary framework for any type of organization using energy- industry, buildings, and public sector.

ISO 50001 will help rganizations to implement the processes they need to enable them to understand their baseline energy usage and establish an energy policy, including plans, targets and KPIs for reducing energy consumption, etc..

ISO 50001 is the international standard for energy management. It provides an effective framework for optimising the use of energy and shaping an organisation's commitment to continually improving its energy management. Organisations wishing to understand significant areas of energy use, integrate energy efficiency into management practices and see ongoing improvement in energy performance should seek certification to this standard.

Benefits

Works from large to small organizations across diverse commercial, industrial and public sectors;

Some of the key benefits are listed below:

  • Coordinating energy programs (Energy Efficiency, Energy Production, Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy);
  • Facilitates external financial incentives (Electric utility, third party financing, tax benefits and others);
  • Builds energy management into business practices;
  • Optimize energy-consuming assets;
  • Improves operations and capital cost decisions;
  • Facilitates energy management best practices;
  • Improves the ability to benchmark, measure and report energy intensity improvements.