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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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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Does ISO 50001 still live up to its promise?

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Google - Creating a more energy-efficient Web

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