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  • support 2:00 am on August 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: energy management standard, , ISO 50001, ISO energy standard   

    ISO 50001: The Energy Management Standard – A Key Tool For Climate Action? 

    In the past year, we have received many inquiries about ISO 50001, the energy management standard.  We implement ISO 50001, along with ISO 14001 and R2 (the electronics recycling standard).  Organizations throughout the world are being tasked with improving energy performance and reducing energy costs.  It has hit a critical mass.

    As discussed in prior articles, since its publication five years ago, ISO 50001 has gained much importance.  In fact, nearly 7000 organizations were already certified to the standard at the end of 2014.  After five years of existence, time has come to revise ISO 50001.  Experts began that process in 2016.

    With energy consumption being one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the revision of ISO 50001 on energy management systems was given a major boost to its brand equity at the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8).  CEM8 is high-level global forum working to advance clean energy globally.  During CEM8, there was an international workshop on “Improving Green Consumption” which featured the benefits of ISO 50001Why?

    CEM analysis shows that implementation of the ISO 50001 standard across global commercial and industrial sectors could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, sparing nearly $600B in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.  The projected annual emissions savings are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.  That makes the ISO 50001 standard a critical component in the global toolkit of climate action.

    At CEM8, sufficient progress was achieved to enable the revision of ISO 50001 to move to a Draft International Standard, which is expected to be completed and released within three months. Publication of the new edition of ISO 50001 as an International Standard is planned for December 2018.

    We’re often asked to clearly define ISO 50001, especially in contrast to ISO 140001, the environmental management system.  It is best stated from ISO directly:

    ISO 50001 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system. The aim is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption.

    Its focus is on energy, specifically.

    Here is a great primer video from ISO.org:



    We have a link to the standard’s documentation on the BIZPHYX knowledge base.  Is this an imperative for your organization?  Are you being asked to certify to ISO 50001 as part of a customer supply chain directive?

    If so, we can assist your organization with implementing ISO 50001.  BIZPHYX can show you how energy management and environmental management standards can help you meet corporate social responsibility goals and objectives.

    For more information, contact info@bizphyx.com.




  • support 9:35 pm on September 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ISO 50001, reducing energy consumption   

    New Standard: ISO 50001-The Energy Management System (EnMS) 

    We hope you got to enjoy a summer vacation and the Labor Day holiday!  Many of us were trying to take some time off with friends and family as well.  As we enter the last quarter of 2011, we are eagerly anticipating several clients certifying to ISO 14001, the environmental standard.  Since environmental performance and corporate sustainability have advanced as supply chain requirements, we are working diligently to help clients address these organizational goals.  If you missed our series on ISO 14001 and Corporate Sustainability, please click on ISO 14001 under the Categories section of the support desk to access all of our articles.

    ISO, the International Organization for Standardization has developed over 18,500 International Standards on a variety of subjects and some 1100 new ISO standards are published every year.  In addition to standards they also publish guidelines.  At the ISO.org website, they indicate that their current “best selling standards” are: ISO 14001 (the Environmental Management System), ISO 26000 (guidance on Social Responsibility) and ISO 31000 (guidelines and principles on Risk Management).

    Each time a new standard is published, there are always questions as to whether or not it may apply to your business or if your current QMS already addresses the new subject matter.  This is certainly the case with a new standard released by ISO on June 17th: ISO 50001: the Energy Management Standard (EnMS).

    ISO published this statement on its website when the standard was in formation“ISO has identified energy management as a priority area meriting the development and promotion of International Standards.  Effective energy management is a priority focus because of the significant potential to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.  Existing ISO standards for quality management practices (ISO 9000 series) and environmental management systems (ISO 14000 series) have successfully stimulated substantial, continuous efficiency improvements within organizations around the globe.  An energy management standard is expected to similarly achieve major, long-term increases in energy efficiency.”

    The result is ISO 50001, the new Energy Management Standard (EnMS).  Here is how ISO frames the standard on its website:  “With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the publication on 15 June of the ISO International Standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems is an eagerly awaited event because it is estimated the standard could have a positive impact on some 60 % of the world’s energy use.  ISO 50001 will provide public and private sector organizations with management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance…”

    The release of this new standard has prompted questions from some of our clients, concerned if their current (or impending) ISO 14001 certification is enough to address these specific aspects of environmental impact.  Next week, we are going to provide insight on the new standard as it pertains to our client base.  We believe that many of our clients can address energy performance within the scope of their ISO 14001 management system.  You can access a recent news release on the new standard in The Environmental Leader and you can obtain information about ISO 50001 at ISO.org.

    Next week, we will conclude with interpreting context from ISO directly, including the intent of the new standard and how it integrates and differentiates from both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.  This information should help put some key details in perspective.  We will also provide you with a very in-depth article and interview with Edwin Pinero, the ISO 50001 Independent Chair, published by LRQA, a UK based ISO registrar.  If you require further information please contact info@bizphyx.com.


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