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ISO 50001:2011

22 April 2014
Energy Management

What is ISO 50001:2011?

ISO 50001 : 2011 is an internationally recognised standard that lays out requirements to which an organisation must adhere, to demonstrate that it’s energy management practices are managed within a framework committed to continually improving the organisation’s energy efficiency. The framework is commonly referred to as an energy management system (EnMS). As ISO 50001 : 2011 is an internationally recognised standard, most energy management systems are based on its requirements.

It is worth noting that if your ISO 50001 : 2011 Certified Energy Management covers 90% or more of your organisation’s overall energy consumption, you will be exempt from having to undergo an ESOS audit!

The standard focuses on how your organisation;

  • Controls important documentation and records,
  • Continually identifies, manages and reduces it’s significant energy uses,
  • Complies with energy related legal obligations,
  • Reviews internal processes.

New Paradigm Consulting specialises in streamlining management systems and here is a tip for you to reduce some of the administration associated with meeting the requirements of ISO 50001 : 2011.

ISO 50001 : 2011 is written in a very similar fashion to ISO 14001 : 2004, however, this standard focuses on improving energy efficiency rather than improving an organisation’s wider environmental impacts. Similar to meeting the requirements of ISO 14001 : 2004, many organisation feel pressured into achieving 100% energy efficiency within year 1!

Given the cost of valuable energy resources, it makes absolute sense that managing energy use effectively can add to your bottom line. Although, most organisations do not have the financial and personnel resources to appoint a full time member of staff to focus on improving the energy efficiency of the organisation. Therefore it is extremely important that when developing ‘Energy Action Plans’, that objectives associated with these action plans are ‘SMART’ (The SMART principal refers to objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-bound), this will ensure you don’t set your organisation targets that are unrealistic to achieve.

Remember, 3 successfully completed ‘Energy Action Plans’ achieving tangible benefits are better than 10 uncompleted plans that have not improved your organisations energy efficiency. Focus first on the areas that are going to give your organisation the biggest gain in terms of energy efficiency, instead of trying to improve every area at once.

Please contact New Paradigm Consulting if this situation is familiar to you and we can discuss other opportunities for streamlining your energy management system with the emphasis on reducing the effort required to manage it. Also, if you currently operate 2 separate management systems compliant with ISO 50001 : 2011 and another ISO / AS standard, these systems can be easily combined to remove the duplication.

Please contact us if you wish to implement a management system compliant with ISO 50001:2011 within your organisation.

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