7 Tips for Achieving ISO 50001 Compliance

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You have likely heard of ISO 50001 already, but may have dismissed it as yet another standard that can be ignored until it fades away. Well, this one seems to be gaining momentum, and you should know the basics so when your boss asks you, “What about ISO 50001 certification?” you have a good answer prepared. Check out these stats:

– By May 2012, less than a year after ISO 50001 was launched, global demand was already in the top 10 of some 19,023 standards.
– It is estimated it could influence up to 60 % of the world’s energy use iso 50001

What is ISO 50001? Here is an introduction:

ISO 50001 is a specification for an energy management system that defines requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving such a system.  It is based on the Plan – Do – Check – Act continual improvement framework and integrates energy management into daily organizational practices.  This enables an organization to follow a systematic approach to achieving continual improvement of its energy performance, including efficiency, usage and consumption.  This is beneficial for organizations with reporting and transparency pressures from shareholders and other entities requesting measurement data.  Plus it generates energy savings that come from implementing an energy management system and provides a solid foundation for enterprise carbon and energy management.

7 tips to achieve compliance:      

1. Establish clear objectives, “What are we trying to achieve?”. Plan ahead, it may be better to implement tools now that can help you achieve your goals in the coming years, rather than do the bare minimum to achieve compliance.
2. Make energy data visible. This is crucial at all stages of an energy plan; before, during, after. This involves metering and data collection for analysis.
3. Ensure consistency of energy data at different levels of organization
4. The Strategic Energy Plan must be part of an organization’s culture and supported from top executives down to operations staff. Educate your organization, promote it, get buy in.
5. Look for government grants available for compliance in your region. For example, in Canada there is financial aid for industrial business in Canada who adopt ISO 50001.
6. Seek out internal resources and processes currently in place. If you do not have all the required competencies internally, seek help. A reputable consultant with industry experience can share industry best practices, and help you comply faster.
7. Revisit past decisions regularly, strive for continuous improvement;  practice both passive and active energy efficiency.

If you are looking for more details, you can read a white paper on recommendations for ISO 50001 compliance.

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  • Great overview of ISO 50001, Meriah. You’re absolutely correct, it’s certainly the standard to meet when implementing effective energy management – and I hope it’s on the radar of many. Achieving this standard puts organizations on a whole new playing field. Take Schneider Electric for example, they now have 35 sites, globally, that have achieved the ISO 50001 certification – the latest achievement in the UK with certification across an impressive 15 sites! You can read the story in my recent post:

  • Thanks Jaimie. Schneider Electric’s commitment to ISO 50001 for their sites is a great example of companies “Walking the talk”. It will also be interesting to see if ISO 50001 becomes mandatory for some industries/geographies in the future.

  • Hi Geoffroy, thanks for sharing the link to the DOE materials. There are great resources on that site, the Implementation Resources package download is really useful. Our US team has used these tools as a reference, but have also developed their own tools to help customers navigate the standard.

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    11 years ago

    You have great perception about ISO 50001 certification. Great article! I am sure this is going to help a lot of people.

  • Great information. thanks for sharing.

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