Energy Management Systems – ISO 50001:2011

Paul Downing

ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems is a new voluntary International Standard that establishes a framework for large and small businesses to improve the way they manage energy. Improved energy performance can provide financial benefits for an organization by maximizing the use of its energy resources and energy-related assets, thus reducing both energy consumption and cost.

The new standard is based on the tried and tested plan-do-check-act, (Demming cycle) which is used for many of the other standards such as ISO 14001:2004, so can be easily integrated into these existing systems.

Although an energy management system (EnMS) can be part of an environmental management system (EMS), having a dedicated energy management system (EnMS) compliant to ISO 50001, can help deliver real benefits to organisations wishing to make savings on probably one of their most expensive resources costs, by providing the focus on oil, gas and electricity use. The EMS in contrast might focus on other regulatory issues such as waste production or chemical use, which, whilst important, do not have the same financial implications as energy costs.

Implementing an energy management system certified to ISO 50001, includes the need to establish baseline(s) of
energy usage and energy performance indicators as well as the usual objectives and targets which exist within an
environmental management system. There are also specific clauses relating to design (covering facilities and production
lines amongst others) and procurement, including specifying energy purchasing requirements.

For a FREE ISO 50001:2011 audit checklist, go to our ISO 50001 (energy management systems) page.

If you are interested in implementing an energy management system along the lines of ISO 50001:2011 or wish to receive further information on energy management in general then please use the “contact us” form or call us direct for further information on our environmental consultancy services.




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