ISO 50001 “Energy Management System” is an international standard designed to help organizations achieve continuous improvement of their energy performance, including energy efficiency and energy use and consumption
ISO 50001 certification, therefore, helps public and private businesses of all types and sizes develop a systematic approach to energy management, aimed at improving energy use, efficiency, and consumption, thus yielding economic and environmental benefits alike.
Like most standards relating to management systems, the structure of ISO 50001 is based on the Deming cycle (continuous improvement) and on the “plan-do-check-act” approach. The criterion is therefore to plan and act on the basis of the objectives identified. In order to deal effectively with energy problems, it is first necessary to analyze and evaluate the main critical points and then define operational solutions to manage them. Once the identified measures have been implemented, their efficiency is evaluated and any new weak points are analyzed. On the basis of this checking phase, the planning cycle restarts with the setting of new objectives.
The latest edition of the standard, dated 2018, has been revised on the basis of the high-level structure (HLS) common to all ISO standards for management systems. This will make it easier to integrate with other management system certifications, such as ISO 9001 on quality management systems and ISO 14001 on environmental management systems.
The voluntary approach to the standard enables organizations to set the objectives to be achieved and the respective time-frames for achieving them, thus reducing costs by means of a system-based approach, while also helping improve the environment.
Applying an effective energy management system enables organizations to: