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).

ISO and energy management

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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  • ISO 50001:2011
    Energy management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 50002:2014
    Energy audits -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 50003:2014
    Energy management systems -- Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems

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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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Keeping energy management systems up to scratch

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Give your energy a boost with an energy audit

by Sandrine Tranchard

For many businesses, the cost of energy is high, so improving their energy efficiency can be the key to remaining competitive.

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Why business should go green in the latest ISOfocus magazine

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Does it pay to be green? For many companies - big and small - going green is not only a rising trend but is giving business plenty to think about. In the ISOfocus magazine (July/August 2014 edition), you’ll learn about how the concept of going green is improving our environment, changing industry and improving economic performance along the way.

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ISO's new additions to the energy management range

What's good for the environment is often good for business, and effective energy consumption is a good example. Now businesses can improve their energy performance even more with the addition of three new ISO standards to complete their energy management range.