ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems

 ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use is a specification created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for an Energy Management System. The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption. The standard aims to help organizations continually reduce their energy use, and therefore their energy costs and their greenhouse gas emissions.

Organizations of all types and sizes increasingly want to reduce the amount of energy they consume.

This is driven by the need or desire to:

  • reduce costs,
  • reduce the impact of rising costs,
  • meet legislative or self-imposed carbon targets,
  • reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and
  • Enhance the entity’s reputation as a socially responsible organization.

In tandem, governments increasingly want to reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of their citizens and industries, and are imposing legislative mechanisms to compel carbon reduction more and more frequently.

ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements that help 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 concerning energy use and consumption
  • measure the results
  • review the effectiveness of the policy and
  • Continually improve energy management.

ISO 50001 focuses on a continual improvement process to achieve the objectives related to the environmental performance of an organization (enterprise, service provider, administration, etc.). The process follows a plan – do – check – act approach