ISO 50001 is the ISO management system standard that sets out the requirements for organizations that wish to manage energy performance. It includes energy consumption such as gas use, electricity or fuel.
Expert Gary Cornell, in the Intelex Insight Report “Achieving Energy Efficiency with ISO 50001,” notes that ISO 50001—the ISO management system standard related to energy performance—exists for two reasons: to help organizations reduce energy costs and to reduce the emissions of CO2 resulting from energy consumption. Cornell works with businesses to improve environmental management through training, auditing and advice and has 25 years of experience working with some of the world’s leading businesses.
“There are very few organizations in the world that would choose to waste money paying for energy that they don’t need,” writes Cornell. “At the same time, more and more organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the impact they have on the environment and the expectation that they contribute to sustainability. Yet far too many of these same organizations do not manage energy performance. Instead they assume that it is a fixed cost that they cannot challenge.”
Because ISO 50001 requires organizations to demonstrate an actual improvement in energy performance, it can be more effective at driving reduction in energy costs compared to ISO 14001. Many case studies have demonstrated that organizations can see potential savings from 5 percent to 30 percent by certifying to ISO 50001 alone.
Ironically, these sorts of figures and supposed cost reductions could be why there is some skepticism about the standard. Some organizations are reluctant to acknowledge that they are so wasteful and inefficient that they could find such significant cost reductions. Instead of acknowledging the improvements they need to make, organizations find it easier to think that the benefits of certification are just hype and clever marketing to sell more auditing, or that those organizations who claim to have made such savings must have been very poor at energy management in the first place.
Download a PDF version of the comprehensive article, “Achieving Energy Efficiency with ISO 50001,” written by expert Gary Cornell, author of “The ISO 14001:2015 Companion.”