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Align your business to Carbon Net Zero and use the ISO 50001 standard to drive and continually improve energy performance


Why You Need ISO 50001

Energy management is a critical issue in organisations today

Government criteria for organisations to declare and reduce their energy use is becoming more stringent. ISO 50001 gets you prepared

Benefits of ISO 50001
Energy management


Reduce energy use and carbon emissions


Improve your energy and carbon performance now and in the future

Involve your

Involve your workers, supply chains and interested parties to see positive results

ISO 50001 is the internationally recognised standard for Energy management. The purpose of the Energy management system is to enable organisations to:

  • Continually seek methods to reduce energy use and carbon emissions to improve performance now and in the future
  • Reassure your workers and interested parties that you are putting Energy issues high on your agenda, and are seeking to improve what you do
  • Provide regulators with assurance that you comply with energy and carbon legislation and requirements

ISO 50001 is written as a generic standard and provides a management framework for an organisation to manage and improve Energy performance. Critically, ISO 50001 focuses the attention of the organisation on reducing energy use.

Many organisations will already be managing some areas of energy use, and the level of governance provided by an ISO 50001 EnMS management system will lead to systemic and organised improvement on performance over time.

ISO 50001 puts a great deal of emphasis on leadership and senior management commitment to creating a culture that seeks to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

The standard has a focus on working with employees and suppliers to empower them to take control of their actions.

Energy management can be managed as a subset of your environmental management and aligns very closely to ISO 14001. However, there are disciplines and outputs that are quite specific to the Standard.

Critical to the ISO standard is the requirement to identify significant areas of energy use. This does align to an organisation understanding its significant environmental aspects, but in a more quantitative way.

Using the quantitative approach, targets will need to be set and pursued with improvements being mandatory.

Energy management, as all the ISO management systems, has adopted the PDCA cycle as the basis of continual improvement. Organisations don’t have to be perfect in order to have an effective Energy management system, but improvement is mandated.

In following the plan-do-check-act process, the management team begin planning with an understanding of energy use, and then clear targets to be set.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act process is a critical element of the management system, and each time the cycle is followed through, the capabilities of the team will get better. Tangible improvement arising will include:

  • Reduced energy use
  • Reduced Carbon emissions
  • Reporting Energy management performance and engaging with workers and contractors.

A Deeper Understanding

As with all ISO standards, you can sometimes get lost in the jargon. We've listed some frequently asked questions here.

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Improve Performance

Enhance your business even further with the good practices and requirements in ISO 50001.
The Standard build on common practices found in every good organisation.

Getting ISO 50001 Certification

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How do I get ISO 50001?

The process of developing an Energy management system that meets the ISO 50001 standard can take anywhere from 3 to 12 months depending on the level of maturity of the organisation. In some cases, it is simply a case of introducing some new governance processes or developing documentation, whereas in others, an organisation will need to start from scratch.

Getting ISO 50001 is then a process of being certified. UKAS accredited Certification Bodies are the organisations who will carry out a series of audits of the Energy management system against the ISO Standard. As a result of the audit (if the Energy system meets the Standard) the Organisation is then awarded an ISO 50001 Certificate.

How long are ISO 50001 audits?

The first phase of the ISO 50001 audit process is a ‘Stage 1’ Audit, which will look at the readiness of the system, and check against the required documentation.

The benefit of the Stage 1 audit is that the organisation can test out its ideas or identify gaps without risking failing. The audit will result in a report that defines the amount of work needed to be complete before the Stage 2 audit is completed.

Usually, there is a gap between the Stage 1 and Stage 2 audits of 4 weeks to 6 months, which allows the organisation to gather more data and increase its capabilities.

How much does ISO 50001 cost?

Like any product or service that an organisation buys, it is important to shop around Certification Bodies and ensure that you get a level of service you want, at a price that is acceptable.

The UKAS accredited Certification Bodies are subjected to quality standards themselves and UKAS acts as Ombudsmen, which gives you assurance that any issues will be resolved appropriately.

Typically, direct audit costs are charged on a day-rate basis and the number of days will vary according to the size of the business. Companies up to 50 people can expect initial certification costs of approximately £5k, and ongoing costs of up to 2-3k per annum.

Spedan Ltd are Associate Consultants to the major ISO Certification Bodies and can help clarify your costs before you commit to one supplier.

Read our ISO 50001 blogs

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