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ISO 50001:2018 is an Internationally recognized and used Process-based and Risk the based standard that lays down the core requirements which are often needed by organizations to plan, maintain documents and records, implement, maintain, review & analyze and continually improve the Energy Management System (EnMS).

This actually permits the implementing organization to categorically and systematically planning, documenting, recording (for evidence and data purposes), reviewing, auditing & inspecting (either 1 st Party- Internal Audit, 2 nd Party- Customer/Supplier/Regulatory Bodies’ or any other Interested Parties’ or through 3 rd Party Audits- Certification, etc.), analyzing, and wherever required and found to be essential, to optimize/customize as per own requirements (of core processes, support processes, resource management)- the overall effectiveness and performance of the Energy Management, taking into account specific visionary and regulatory objectives and targets (sometimes mandated from the local/national Government) such as energy usage/consumption, energy efficiency, in its processes and systems throughout the context.

These requirements cover overall detail for all things related to energy management systems, from the processes, policies, and procedures used within the system, to the continual monitoring, wherever required- measurement and documentation of the energy efficiency either or a processor for the entire the organization, during the design and purchase of equipment, implementing processes, and involving employees/ personnel involved with the energy management system and the actual core and support operations which involves Energy usages at various points. So, this implementation of the Energy Management System is overall the output of successful documentation and then implementation of the ISO 50001:2018 standard. People and Organizations should not only believe that certification to ISO 50001:2018 is enough.

Achievement of the certification and maintenance of the certificate is also of utmost importance. This can be achieved only through proper documentation and implementing the requirements, without adopting any shortcuts. Energy Management system, within the Organization’s processes and overall system, however big, medium or small scale the organization’s size or scale might be, this refers/includes all the core and support and where relevant external processes that involve the coordination of Energy Creation and Energy Consumption throughout all the processes of the system or organization.

Implementing this Energy Management System as per ISO 50001:2018 actually means allowing the organization to do energy management, restrain itself towards Energy Consumption, and improving Energy Efficiency while including help and guidance and of regulatory bodies’ requirements wherever necessary and essential for Energy Conservation. Goals or target objectives for any organization from an EnMS ISO 50001:2018 the system should definitely include the following- conservation of resources (internal/external), sustainable business conduct (include Environmental concerns- Aspects/Impacts), sustainable operations (include Environmental concerns- Aspects/Impacts), and also ensuring that end-user (final consumers) and all relevant Interested Parties are not inconvenienced or receive a sub-standard output and that they actually receive the output of energy they need.

Energy Management does not mean that the Organization has to reduce consumption. It means how well they can manage the current same operations or outputs whilst achieving and working through a controlled efficiency. It is all about the improvement of energy efficiency. ISO 50001:2018 standard is basically a set of guided requirements for developing and maintaining energy management systems. Organizations have to do sustainable, including addressing Environmental Concerns, Aspects/Impacts, and its adaptation, and for ensuring they have the actually controlled tools in place to facilitate the systematic approach that is actually supposed to be the core of all coordinated (between all resources- personnel, Processes, Machines, Equipment, Infrastructure, Suppliers, Interested Parties, Customers and Regulatory Bodies, including the Management) efforts to improve energy efficiency. Energy Efficiency sometimes also translates into a reduction of greenhouse gases. Organizations should adopt a process-based and risk-based approach.

ISO 50001:2018 is an international standard that is designed to help the organizations document, implement and establish efficient and effective energy management systems (EnMS) and improve energy performance without disrupting operations, production, the overall logistics and/or usages, through adopting of systematic Operational controls and doing Continual Improvements.

ISO 5001 is actually a standard which is meant to be documented and implemented, and not only getting a cheap “BOUGHT” certificate only.

The ISO 50000 series of standards developed by the committee ISO/TC 301 includes
the following:

Energy audits

  • ISO 50002 (Requirements with guidance for use)

Energy management systems

  • ISO 50003 (Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems)
  • ISO 50004 (Guidance for the implementation, maintenance, and improvement of an energy management system)
  • ISO 50006 (Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI) – General principles and guidance)
  • ISO 50015 (Measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations – General principles and guidance)

Energy services

  • ISO 50007 (Guidelines for the assessment and improvement of the energy
    service to users)

Energy savings

  • ISO 50047 (Determination of energy savings in organizations)
  • ISO 17741 (General technical rules for measurement, calculation, and verification of energy savings of projects)
  • ISO 17743 (Definition of a methodological framework applicable to
    calculation and reporting on energy savings)

Energy efficiency:

  • ISO 17742 (Energy efficiency and savings calculation for countries, regions, and cities)
  • ISO/IEC 13273-1 (Common international terminology – Part 1: Energy efficiency)
  • ISO/IEC 13273-2 (Common international terminology – Part 2: Renewable energy sources)

The ISO 50001:2018 standard, which is the current version of the certifiable the standard for any organization, which requires a way to define and prove its Energy management System- uses the same High-Level Structure (after 2015 for most of the ISO standards for systems) from ISO called Annex L which is framed to make it simpler to integrate into different other already existing management systems(like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, etc.).

Compliance towards and documentation/implementation of this ISO 50001:2018 the standard actually means a definitive and strategic investment by the Organization in energy sustainability and efficiency. Organizations use this standard- ISO 50001:2018 most of the time to achieve actual and significant savings in energy usage/energy bills, optimize the existing SOPs to adopt better initiatives, gain competitive advantage where required, and also whilst implementing effective risk and opportunity management strategies.

Organizations are able to use ISO 50001:2018 standard through proper documentation and implementing to gain government support (in terms of subsidies), gain customer’s and interested parties’ assurance and affinity and also meeting regulatory and statutory compliance needs with regard to National / Local legal laws in terms of carbon emissions, sustainable and responsible progress, energy security (local, municipality, national, etc), and climate change mandates of much National and International interest), together with similar other management system standards like ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018, ISO 55001, etc.

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