Why do we need ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management?

To safeguard the future of our environment and ensure the sustainability of our organisations, businesses might be required to strategise and find ways to reduce their energy consumption. Satisfactory Energy Management is fast becoming a requirement for organisations as they are urged to monitor energy consumption and identify areas to reduce consumption. One of the best ways to achieve satisfactory Energy Management is through the use of the standard, ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems – Requirements. We explore what this standard entails and how it can benefit organisations around the world.


What is ISO 50001 Energy Management?

The ISO 50001 Energy Management standard provides a framework for industrial facilities, commercial facilities, or entire organisations to manage energy. The system is designed to establish a structure and discipline to implement technical and management strategies that significantly cut energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The framework includes requirements for organisations to:

  • Develop a policy for a more efficient use of energy
  • Identify Significant Energy Uses (SEUs) and plan consumption reduction
  • Implement management arrangements to sustain low levels of consumption
  • Evaluate performance
  • Review the effectiveness of the system
  • Improve the system


What type of organisations use ISO 50001:2011?

The Energy standard is applicable to organisations both small and large, public and private. ISO 50001:2011 has been structured to be aligned with other popular industry management system standards such as ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems – Requirements. This allows organisations to integrate an Energy Management System with their existing management systems.

ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 50001:2011 both deal with the impact that organisations have on the environment. ISO 14001 helps organisations identify and manage all of the significant causes of environmental impacts in a broad sense. ISO 50001 specifically focuses on energy management and consumption.


Why do we need it?

Energy efficiency makes good business sense as it cuts down costs and optimises the use of resources, whilst reducing waste.

Further benefits include:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint
  • Assists in compliance with current and future voluntary and/or mandatory energy efficiency targets and related legislation
  • Improved brand reputation and credibility among stakeholders
  • Informed decision-making processes from system design, through to operation and maintenance
  • Increased energy awareness among staff members at all levels
  • Improved operational efficiencies and maintenance practices


How do I implement ISO 50001:2011?

Risk ZA offers both training and consulting services. Training courses for ISO 50001:2011 include:

  • Energy Management Awareness Level 3
  • Introduction, Developing and Implementing an Energy Management System
  • Internal and Supplier Auditing to provide strategic guidance, understanding and advice.


In conclusion

The economic growth of organisations relies on energy, amongst other contributing factors. As developing countries embark on industrial growth and global trade, there will be an increasing demand for energy. We can all benefit from proper energy management and ISO 50001:2011 is one of the best ways to achieve and sustain this. To enquire about our consulting and training services, please email us on info@riskza.com.

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