An introduction to ISO 50001:2018
An energy management system (EnMS) is a collection of processes, procedures and practices to ensure the systematic tracking, analysis and planning of energy use in organisations.
Energy is vital for organisations, ensuring productivity and empowering innovation, but it can also demand a significant burden; both financially and to the environment. International awareness of resource usage and sustainability have ensured that energy usage has come under the spotlight and sparked new awareness around responsible resource management. For many organisations, reducing their environmental impact and energy usage is an important task. One of the ways that organisati
It is important to note that energy in the context of ISO 50001 does not only address Electricity alone but fuel, steam, heat, compressed air and other similar media.
ISO 50001:2018 is an internationally recognised energy management standard that enables organisations to use energy more efficiently. The goal of this standard is to assist organisations in continually reducing their energy use, which leads to lower energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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What is an energy management system?
An Energy Management System aids organisations in better managing their energy use, thereby improving productivity. In order to manage and reduce energy use, energy management systems set out energy policies, identify achievable goals for energy use and design action plans to measure progress.
How can ISO 50001:2018 benefit organisations?
ISO 50001 supplies companies and organisations with a recognised framework for developing an effective energy management system. The purpose of ISO 50001 is to enable and empower organisations to improve their energy performance, thereby achieving goals such as reducing one’s environmental impact, reduce production / operating costs, enhance reputations and improve competitiveness.
ISO 50001 provides a set of requirements that enable organizations to:
- Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
- Fix targets and objectives to meet that policy
- Gather data to better understand and make decisions concerning energy use
- Measure the results obtained
- Review the effectiveness of the policy
- Continually improve energy management
ISO 50001:2018 is suitable for organisations of all sizes and has been designed for implementation by any organisation, regardless of size, geographical location or activity. Organisations are not required to certify to ISO 50001 but may choose to do so if they wish. ISO 50001: 2018 offers organisations a versatile solution that empowers them to manage their energy responsibly.
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