ISO 50001: Energy Management System [EnMS]

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ISO 50001 enables organizations to implement the Management systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance which includes Energy efficiency, Energy use and Energy consumption. This standard helps organization to take a systematic approach for improvement of energy performance.

ISO 50001 specifies requirements of an energy management system (EnMS) for an organization to

  1. Develop an energy policy,
  2. Carry out energy review after studying past and present energy consumption data,
  3. Identify significance energy use,
  4. Establish design and procurement practices for equipment, system, processes and personnel working for Significant energy use,
  5. Establish objectives, targets, and Energy Management action plans,
  6. Identify legal and other requirement related to Significance Energy use.

ISO 50001does not specific performance criteria with respect to energy intensity. ISO 50001 can be used independently and also allows integration with other management system.

ISO 50001 is designed based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) framework. This set of activities under this approach can be briefly described as follows:

  1. Plan: conduct the initial energy review and establish the energy baseline, energy performance indicators (EnPi’s), objectives, targets and Energy Management Action plans to improve energy performance in line with energy policy.
  2. Do: implement the energy management action plans for significant energy use.
  3. Check: monitor and measure processes, the key characteristics of its operations & effectiveness of Energy management action plan.
  4. Act: take corrective/preventive actions to continually improve energy management system.

Scope & Application

ISO 50001 is applicable to any organization that wishes to continually improve their energy performance.

ISO 50001 implementation leads to energy saving and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. ISO 50001 is applicable to all types and sizes of organizations irrespective of geographical, cultural or social conditions. ISO 50001 is applicable irrespective of the types of energy used.

Application of this International Standard can be tailored to fit the requirements of an organization - ISO 50001 can be implemented in any organisation as of whole or part of it after defining scope and boundary of implementation.

ISO 50001 Requirements

ISO 50001 was prepared by Technical Committee Energy Management - ISO/TC 242.

General Requirements

The organization shall

  1. Establish, document, implement, maintain and improve an EnMS in accordance with the requirements of ISO 5001;
  2. Define and document the scope and boundaries of its EnMS; and
  3. Establish & document processes to meet requirements of international standard to continually improve its energy performance.

Documentation Requirements

The EnMS documentation shall include:

  1. The scope and boundaries of the EnMS;
  2. The energy policy;
  3. Energy objectives, targets, and Energy management action plans;
  4. Documents & records required by ISO 50001; and

The amount of documentation can vary for different organizations for the following reasons:

  1. Scale & Size of the organization
  2. Type of activities;
  3. Processes and their interactions; and
  4. Competence of personnel

ISO 50001:2011 Implementation Benefits

  • Energy policy:
    Top management's official statement of the organization's commitment to managing energy.
  • Energy management plan
    Energy Management action plan that requires monitoring, measurement, management, and documentation for continuous improvement for energy performance.
  • Cross - divisional management team
    Cross functional team to focus of variables affecting energy use and improve energy performance
  • Operating controls and procedures
    Controls and Procedures for monitoring variables affecting energy use which includes criteria for design and purchase
  • Energy Baseline
    Establishing a Energy Baseline of the organization's energy use.
  • Identification of energy performance indicators
    EnPI are identified which reflects true energy performance of process or equipment.
  • Energy objectives and targets
    Objective and targets are defined in line with energy policy established by organisation.
  • Energy management Action plans
    Action plans to meet Energy targets and objectives.

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ISO 50001:2011 Know More

How does ISO 50001 fit with existing Management Systems (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001)?

ISO 50001 is based on a management system model that is already understood and implemented by organizations worldwide. To provide compatibility and integration opportunities, the standard uses the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach employed in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. ISO 50001 can make a positive difference for organizations of all types in the very near future by improving energy management practices

Does my organization need to be certified to ISO 50001 to improve our energy management?

No. Organizations can take many steps to start improving energy management without becoming certified. However, certification to ISO 50001 provides a structured approach that incorporates energy management into company culture, resulting in sustained energy savings and continual improvements in energy performance over time. This can help justify initial investments in energy projects and ensure return on investment. Without a structured approach, there is no guarantee that energy savings will be sustained or that return-on-investment will be maximized.

Why should my company care about ISO 50001?

Energy is a critical component of an organization's operations and can be one of the largest controllable costs, depending on the activities. Improved energy performance helps organizations maximize the use of their energy sources and energy-related assets, thus reducing both energy cost and consumption. ISO 50001 provides a framework for organizations to make positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources and mitigating worldwide effects of energy use, such as global warming, while improving the efficiency of organizational operations related to energy.