ISO 50001 - Energy management

Using energy efficiently helps organizations save money as well as helping to conserve resources and tackle climate change. ISO 50001 supports organizations in all sectors to use energy more efficiently, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).

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ISO 50001:2011 – Energy Management System

ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of continual improvement also used for other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management.

ISO 50001:2011 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

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Certification to ISO 50001

Like other ISO management system standards, certification to ISO 50001 is possible but not obligatory. Some organizations decide to implement the standard solely for the benefits it provides. Others decide to get certified to it, to show external parties they have implemented an energy management system. ISO does not perform certification.

Read more about certification to ISO’s management system standards.

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    Energy management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use

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Useful publications

Win the energy challenge with ISO 50001

ISO 50001 establishes a framework for organizations to manage energy.

Multimedia press release for ISO 50001 launch

More introductory information, including video interviews, can be found in the multimedia press release that was produced for the ISO 50001 launch in June 2011.

The people behind ISO 50001

ISO 50001 was developed by the technical committee (TC) 242.

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Useful articles

Energy preparedness - South Africa uses ISO 50001 to avoid a future energy crisis

by Sadhvir Bissoon

The South African economy is largely based on minerals’ extraction and processing, which is very energy intensive. The country’s unique energy mix and challenges have required a multi-pronged public and private sector response. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), ISO member for the country, plays a pivotal role in developing relevant standards to enable the implementation of energy efficiency.

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ISO 50001 "on fire" - Energy management standard goes global

by Ian Johnson, Philip Fullerton, Refhan Razeen & Maurice Ahern

Since publication of ISO 50001 last year, implementation and certification to ISO’s new energy management standard is gaining pace around the world. Statistics to the end of January 2012 (compiled by Reinhard Peglau, Senior Scientific Officer on Environmental Management at the German Federal Environment Agency), indicated that about 100 organizations in 26 countries had already achieved certification, and are reaping the benefits in increased energy efficiency, reduced costs and improved energy performance.

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Bentley first with ISO 50001

by Michael Straughan

Car maker implements energy management standard. Bentley, one of the most famous automotive marques, combines fine craftsmanship with engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology to create some of the world’s finest motorcars. However, the company’s pursuit of excellence does not stop with the turn of the ignition key. Energy management is a fundamental area of focus and Bentley Motors has now become the first United Kingdom automotive plant to implement and certify to ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.

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