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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  • 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

Cover of ISO-50001- Energy management system

Learn more about ISO’s standard for helping organizations manage their energy performance

ISO 50001 - A practical guide for SMEs.

Designed to be used alongside ISO 50001, this handbook provides concrete examples and guidance for SMEs implementing energy efficiency measures.

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TC 242: The people behind the ISO 50000 range

Useful articles

ISO 50001 on energy management is under revision

by Sandrine Tranchard

Improving energy performance and reducing energy costs is one of the most important tasks that organizations throughout the world, have to achieve. ISO 50001 on energy management can help organizations with this exercise and since its publication five years ago it has gained much importance.

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Clean Energy Ministerial focuses on ISO 50001 for low-carbon development

by Elizabeth Gasiorowski-Denis

At the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) held this week in San Francisco, USA, world energy leaders announced ambitious actions to accelerate the global transition to clean energy. These actions include efforts to address energy efficiency using ISO 50001 on energy management systems. This year’s participants comprise energy ministers, global business leaders, entrepreneurs, experts from laboratories and academia, and leaders from civil society organizations to discuss barriers to progress and identify potential solutions to energy challenges.

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Mutua Madrileña's energy management strategy

by Maria Lazarte

When one of Spain’s largest insurance groups decided to implement ISO 50001 on energy management systems, it knew that it would be no small feat. But with 23 buildings comprising a surface area of 208 000 m2, Mutua Madrileña believed the challenge was worth taking. And today, the group’s results are paying off.

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Breaking the energy barrier for smaller firms

Energy management and energy efficiency remain largely the preserve of big business. This is why tailored advice for SMEs might help break the energy barrier and open more energy-saving opportunities.

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.