What are the key ISO 50001 requirements?

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ISO 50001 certification offers a framework and guidelines for organisations to establish, implement, maintain and improve their energy performance and efficiency. It is designed to help these organisations to identify energy-saving opportunities, set objectives and targets for energy performance improvement, and implement action plans that allow them to achieve these goals. Let’s take a look at the main ISO 50001 requirements now.

Develop an energy policy and planning system

In order to achieve ISO 50001 certification, an organisation must develop an energy policy that showcases its commitment to energy performance improvement. Companies must also create a framework that shows how they intend to meet these objectives and targets. They also need to allocate resources to help them meet these goals.

Carry out energy reviews

Businesses must also conduct systematic reviews of energy consumption, recognise areas that involve substantial energy use, and identify opportunities for improving their energy performance. They also need to establish Energy Performance Indicators or EnPIs in order to efficiently record energy performance, measure their progress, and identify any deviations from the objectives they are aiming for.

Effective monitoring and measurement of energy

Companies seeking ISO 50001 certification also need to implement systems for monitoring, measuring and analysing energy consumption as well as data related to energy. This enables them to see how effective their energy management activities are. They also need to comply with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements around energy efficiency and energy management.

SMART energy objectives, targets and action plans

Energy improvement objectives and targets must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Detailed action plans must be developed to ensure objectives and targets are met. These can include embarking on energy-saving projects, changing processes within the workplace and embracing the use of energy-efficient technology.

Investing in energy efficiency training if necessary

Employees must have the competence, skills and knowledge needed to make a valuable contribution to energy management. If training and awareness programmes are required, these must be made available.

Optimise communication around energy efficiency

Effective communication processes must be established to ensure information about energy management objectives, targets and performance is communicated effectively to employees, contractors and stakeholders.

Detailed record keeping

It’s also vital to maintain documentation of policies, procedures action plans, energy performance and compliance records related to energy management systems. Reviews of the energy management system must be carried out regularly to determine its effectiveness. This also helps with identifying opportunities for improvement and ensures resources are properly allocated. Audits also need to be carried out to ensure compliance, identify non-conformities and support continuous improvement.

Achieve ISO 50001 certification with JR Consultants

At JR Consultants, we can help you plan, document, implement and operate a simple energy management system that meets all ISO 50001 requirements. Once your system is in place, we can carry out an audit prior to recommending you for your ISO 50001 assessment by an external UKAS-accredited assessment body.

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To find out more about achieving ISO 50001 accreditation with JR Consultants, call us on 01268 758000, complete the form on our site or send an email to info@jrconsultants.co.uk.

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