Interested parties: ISO 50001:2018
Revision of ISO 50001:2011 to ISO 50001:2018, laid emphasis on identifying interested parties and their need and expectations. According to clause 4.2, organization shall determine interested parties that are relevant to EnMS, their relevant requirements and also identify which of the needs and expectations will be addressed through EnMS.
Now, you might be wondering why so much importance is being given to interested parties, why we need to identify them and what is their relevance with our EnMS. Well, let us look why the ISO 50001:2018 standard wants you to identify these parties, and what is in it for them.
Why to identify & What is their relevance in EnMS?
The main perception of identifying interested parties is to identify who are the ones, which contribute or have relevance towards energy performance of the organization and their EnMS and the needs & expectation are identified in order to know, what if these needs and expectations were not meet.
For an instance, if your stakeholders expect optimum utilization of energy and if you as an organization is not working on it, then they will be not satisfied with you, which can further impact on poor relations between stakeholder and the organization. So, this would be the one of the expectation of the interested parties, which you need to fulfill.
Accordingly, in every management review meeting needs and expectation of the interested parties are reviewed and in case if there is any change, organization will incorporate it and simultaneously work on it.
Who are your Interested parties?
Following are some interested parties relevant to your EnMS, while this is not a complete list and it varies industry to industry.
Government: No matter where you have your business, there will be government regulations that need to be met at some level. There are different bodies made by government, which look into your organizations energy performance by conducting an extensive energy audit. Not meeting requirements of the interested can lead to penalties and fines.
Shareholders: Shareholders are once, who want your company to earn more, but not to waste it. Which is one of the reason why they are agreed to implement EnMS. They will be interested in EnMS for monitoring savings that can be achieved by improvements made through EnMS.
Employees: Employees prefer a surrounding which is safe, productive at the same time and they want to work at, where they can be proud of their contribution to conservation of natural resources. Being an interested party, employees are also involved in how well EnMS performs.
Thus, EnMS provides you a framework to identify relevant requirements whether legal or other requirements and boost you toward meeting those requirements and be up to date with changes in the requirement. In order to get more familiar to the requirements related to ISO 50001:2018