ISO 50001

ISO has identified energy management as a priority area meriting the development and promotion of International Standards. Effective energy management is a priority focus because of the significant potential to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele comments:

Energy is critical to organizational operations and can be a major cost to organizations, whatever their activities. An idea can be gained by considering the use of energy through the supply chain of a business, from raw materials through to recycling.

Individual organizations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, but they can improve the way they manage energy in the here and now. Improved energy performance can provide rapid benefits for an organization by maximizing the use of its energy sources and energy-related assets, thus reducing both energy cost and consumption. The organization will also make positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources and mitigating worldwide effects of energy use, such as global warming.”

Purpose of ISO 50001 is to provide organizations with a recognized framework for integrating energy performance, including use & consumption, into their management practices.

Goals of ISO 50001 are:

  • Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets
  • Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources
  • Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviours
  • Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies
  • Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain
  • Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects
  • Allow integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety.

ISO 50001 is suitable for any organization – whatever your size, sector or geographical location. It is particularly relevant if one operates in an energy intensive industry or one facing GHG emissions regulation or legislation.

Benefits of ISO 50001 Implementation are:

  • Reduce costs
    Reduce energy costs via a structured approach to identifying, measuring and managing your energy consumption.
  • Improve business performance
    Drive greater productivity by identifying technical point solutions and affecting behavioural change to reduce energy consumption.
  • Engage top management
    Position energy management in the boardroom as a key business issue.
  • Comply with legislation
    Meet current or future mandatory energy efficiency targets and/or the requirements of GHG emission reduction legislation.
  • Reduce your GHG emissions
    Meet stakeholder expectations or obligations now and in the future.
  • Formalise energy policy and objectives
    Create respect for the energy management policy and embed energy efficient thinking in your organization.
  • Integrate your management systems
    Align your EnMS with existing management systems for incremental benefit.
  • Secure energy supply
    Understand your energy risk exposure and identify areas of the organization at greatest risk.
  • Drive innovation
    Develop opportunities for new products and services in the low-carbon economy of the future.
  • Flexible and scalable
    Applicable to any organisation, large or small and from any industry.