Q&A: ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Certification
What is ISO 50001?
ISO 50001 is a voluntary standard that provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to manage and improve energy performance. The standard does not set prescriptive energy goals, but provides a framework for companies to set their own goals for energy management.
What are the benefits of an ISO 50001 Energy Management System (EnMS)?
Cost reduction is a top priority driving companies to focus on energy use. A second reason is competitive advantage. Energy can be one of the largest controllable costs. ISO 50001 EnMS benefits include:
- Improved energy efficiency and potential energy savings
- A framework for integrating energy efficiency and conservation into operations and general management practices
- Reduced greenhouse gases (GHGs)
- Ability to meet mandates from customers to reduce energy and carbon emissions
- Compliance to current or future regulations
- Independent verification of the organization’s and communication on the energy management practices
- Alignment with corporate sustainability goals
Is ISO 50001 similar to any other management systems certifications?
Yes, ISO 50001 and ISO 14001 share many common elements that could speed the integration of an ISO 50001 management system in an organization already actively managing an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. Both are based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continual improvement.