ISO 50001:2018 – Energy Management Systems

What is this standard about?

ISO 50001 helps organizations use energy more efficiently and integrate better energy management into business strategy.  It does this by outlining how to implement and maintain an energy management system (EnMS) that continually improves the organization’s energy performance and saves money.

Who is this standard for?

It’s for use by any organization, regardless of its type, size, complexity, geographical location, organizational culture or the products and services it provides. Specifically, the standard will be used by:

  • Any organization wanting to improve energy management to reduce costs and carbon emissions
  • Any organization wishing to implement an energy management system
  • Those who want to develop a deeper understanding of internationally recognized best practice for energy management
  • Users of ISO 14001 who would like to develop their energy management systems

Why should you use this standard?

Implementing an EnMS provides a systematic approach necessary to continually improve energy performance. Once in place, an EnMS enables an organization to set and achieve objectives and energy targets, take action to improve its energy performance and benefit from efficiency and costs savings as a result.

It will help organizations to reduce energy costs, grow more sustainably, become more resilient and comply with legislation.The standard:

  • Applies to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the organization
  • Applies irrespective of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed
  • Requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved
  • Can be used independently, or be aligned or integrated with other management systems

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision incorporates ISO’s new high-level structure (HLS) of terms, definitions and headings, thus bringing the 2018 standard into line with the other key management systems standards. It makes this version compatible and easier to integrate with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, which are now also in the ‘HLS’ format.

Other key changes and benefits include:

  • A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership
  • Clarification of key concepts related to energy performance
  • Improved sections on data collection and normalization
  • Additional minor revisions reflecting seven years of using the standard in the real world

ISO 50001 Guide

This free guide is aimed at decision-makers and senior managers.  It outlines key aspects of the energy management standard and how it can benefit your organization and help transform how you manage energy. Get free download.

 

For more information contact the International Organization for Standardization.  If you are in Jamaica you may visit the Bureau of Standards Jamaica.  If you are in England, please contact the British Standards Institute.

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ISO and Climate Change

There has been a fierce debate on the climate issue for a long time, and doubts have been raised about the human impact on the earth’s climate, as well as what this might mean. However, even at the highest political level in some of the most powerful countries, the case to disregard human impact on climate change is slowly disintegrating.

The world is slowly getting to where it wants to be, where a blanket understanding of climate change is concerned. There is also a gradual acceptance that the consequences of climate change have now joined war as the major perceived threats of the future; these two areas are also inextricably linked.

While several countries look to solve the challenges faced, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accepts that this cannot happen without collaboration. The climate has no borders, and neither does ISO. One example of the work the ISO has done is the development of the ISO 14080 on greenhouse gas management, which is designed to be an umbrella standard for all types of organizations that develop and identify methods for analyzing needs and implementing climate actions.

To read more about what the ISO is doing about climate change, read here.

 

 

Source BSJ