ISO 50001 is based on the continual improvement of management system model. EMS also uses for (High-Level Structure) like other well-known standards (ISO 9001 or ISO 14001). This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their organization for overall improvement in quality and environmental management.
Like all ISO management system standards, ISO 50001 implementation has been designed for implementation by any organization in the public or private sector, whatever its size, activity, or geographical location. While implementing ISO 50001, does not fix targets for improving energy performance, which is left up to the user organization or regulatory authorities. This means that any organization, regardless of its current level of energy performance, can implement ISO 50001 to establish a baseline and improve on it at its rate.
ISO 50001 Certification was originally released by ISO in June 2011 and is suitable for any organization irrespective of size and nature of the business or geographical location. The second edition of this standard, ISO 50001:2018 was released in August of 2018.
The system functions after the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). EMS standard describes the procedural details of the ISO Energy Management System (EnMS) and compares its procedures with those of the ISO 14001 EMS.
A significant feature in ISO 50001 that is emphasized and guided specifically the requirement to “… improve the EnMS and the resulting energy performance”. The other standards mentioned here i.e. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 both require continual improvement to the effectiveness of the Management System but not to the quality of the product/service or environmental performance.
Through its implementation guidelines, therefore, has made a major leap forward in ‘raising the bar’ by requiring an organization to demonstrate that they have improved their energy performance. There are no quantitative targets specified by application of the standard– an organization chooses its own targets then creates an action plan to reach the targets. With this structured approach and improvement in the policies and procedures, an organization is more likely to see some tangible financial benefits.
Since all three management systems standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 are based on the PDCA cycle, and now share the same high-level structure, ISO 50001 can be integrated easily into these systems.
ISO 50001 help organizations to provide a framework of requirements that:
- Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy.
- Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy to comply with the standard.
- Use data to better understand and make decisions concerning energy resources use and consumption.
- Measure the results.
- Review the effectiveness of the policy and procedures applied.
- Continually improve energy management.
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There are ten major components to ISO 50001:2018 an organization need to focus on:
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions
4. Context of the organization
9. Performance Evaluation
How to achieve ISO certification 50001 for an organization?
Now getting ISO certifications is not hard to digest. The ISO 50001 is just a two-step certification process.
Step 1Internal audit Stage-(Verification of legal requirements and the conformity of the standard with an organization).
Step 2 External audit- (Review of internal audit report & Certificate issuance)ISO 50001 certification validity is for three years and requires to undertake yearly Surveillance audit and Re-certification after the expiry of certification. Obtaining the certificate clearly states that you value the resources and environment closely.