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ISO 50001: Energy Management


1. Introduction
ISO 50001 supports organizations in all sectors to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).
This International Standard specifies energy management system (EnMS) requirements, upon which an organization can develop and implement an energy policy, and establish objectives, targets, and action plans which take into account legal requirements and information related to significant energy use.

2. How does it work?
This International Standard is based on the Plan – Do – Check – Act (PDCA) continual improvement framework and incorporates energy management into everyday organizational practices, as illustrated in the figure.
• Plan: conduct the energy review and establish the baseline, energy performance indicators (EnPIs), objectives, targets and action plans necessary to deliver results in accordance with opportunities to improve energy performance and the organization’s energy policy.
• Do: implement the energy management action plans.
• Check: monitor and measure processes and the key characteristics of its operations that determine energy performance against the energy policy and objectives and report the results.
• Act: take actions to continually improve energy performance and the EnMS

3. Benefits of ISO 50001
• Reduce costs via a structured approach to identifying, measuring and managing your energy consumption.
• Improve business performance
Drive greater productivity by identifying technical point solutions and affecting behavioural change to reduce energy consumption.
• Engage top management
Position energy management in the boardroom as a key business issue.
• Comply with legislation
Meet current or future mandatory energy efficiency targets and/or the requirements of GHG emission reduction legislation.
• Reduce your GHG emissions
Meet stakeholder expectations or obligations now and in the future.
• Formalise energy policy and objectives
Create respect for the energy management policy and embed energy efficient thinking in your organization.
• Integrate your management systems
Align your EnMS with existing management systems for incremental benefit.
• Secure energy supply
Understand your energy risk exposure and identify areas of the organization at greatest risk.
• Drive innovation
Develop opportunities for new products and services in the low-carbon economy of the future.
• Flexible and scalable
Applicable to any organisation, large or small and from any industry.

4. How does it relate to other ISO standards?
Similar structure to other popular management systems ISO 9001 and 14001
 Plan-Do-Check-Act framework
 Energy is one of the pillars of ISO 14001
• Unlike ISO 9001 and 14001, implementation of ISO 50001 can directly lead to cost and GHG emission reductions that can easily be quantified
• Broader applicability than ISO 9001 and 14001
 With the similarity to ISO 9001 and 14001, implementation costs can be reduced for already certified businesses

5. Lessons from ISO 50001 Pilot Projects
Commitment at all levels vital – corporate through to facility
• Previous experience with management systems is an advantage
• Energy opportunity assessments should be undertaken as early as possible to spot quick wins
 Training critical to develop common understanding and program resilience
• Establish baseline and ongoing monitoring – what gets measured gets managed
• Energy costs, energy usage and energy improvement opportunities realised

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