ISO 50001 provides organizations with a structured framework to manage energy such that it can increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance. It is a standard based on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management systems standards,
assuring a high level of compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). It integrates energy efficiency into management practices by making better use of existing energy-consuming processes. The standard has been available on the ISO Web site since June 15, 2011. The ISO 50001 standard is adopted as a Canadian national standard.
Like many other energy management systems (EnMS) standards, ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. It integrates both the technical and managerial activities. The standard is intended to accomplish the following:
- Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets.
- Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources and promotion of energy efficiency throughout the supply chain.
- Lead to reductions in energy cost, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. Industries that have implemented and maintained an EnMS typically save 10-20 percent of energy within the first five years.
- Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviours.
- Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies.
- Allow integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety. It is compatible with other performance improvement approaches and EnMS.