Energy Management Systems to meet the Requirements of ISO 50001
Thomas L. Friedman, the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner in his no. 1 bestseller “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” stated “We cannot continue the business as usual path. We need a green revolution and we need to focus on Energy Technology , based on renewable energy production and energy efficiency.”
Systematic management and the behaviour approach have become the core efforts to improve energy efficiency today. The purpose of ISO 50001:2011, the Energy Management System standards, is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance.
They are based on the continual improvement and Plan-Do-Check-Act approaches utilized in the:
- ISO 9001
- ISO 13485
- ISO 14001
- ISO 20000
- ISO 27001
These management systems standards to provide compatibility and integration opportunities. Implementing these Standards should lead to reductions in energy cost, greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the negative impact on the environment.
Worldwide application of this International Standard contributes to more efficient use of available energy sources, to enhanced competitiveness and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other related environmental impacts. This International Standard is applicable irrespective of the types of energy used. This International Standard can be used for certification, registration and self-declaration of an organization’s EnMS. It does not establish absolute requirements for energy performance beyond the commitments in the energy policy of the organization and its obligation to comply with applicable legal requirements and other requirements. Thus, two organizations carrying out similar operations, but having different energy performance, can both conform to its requirements.