Outline of the ISO 50001 standard
At a time when industry is the main consumer of energy at 31% (Source: EDF), this standard is useful if you wish to commit your organisation to a strategy of energy efficiency and savings, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution caused by energy combustion.
In concrete terms, ISO 50001 gives you the guidelines for setting up your management system in an efficient manner with the aim of making lasting energy savings. The standard is divided into different chapters to explain the rules to follow.
Why this update of the ISO 50001 standard?
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Every five years, all standards are reviewed to ensure that they continue to meet market requirements and are consistent with the management systems adopted by the company.
Here are the highlights of the updated ISO 50001 version 2018:
✓ The new version of ISO 50001, pools the HLS structure of ISO standards, identical to ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 / ISO 45001. The aim of this harmonization is to have cohesion, better understanding and ease of management between them.
✓ Management must be involved in the management system by showing leadership to ensure that the system is well implemented and continuously improved.
✓ The terms of the energy performance concepts are discussed: energy performance indicators (EPI) and reference energy situation (RES), in order to be clarified and thus enable VSEs and SMEs to appropriate the standard.
To conclude, yes, the ISO 50001 standard is not mandatory, but it is recommended to facilitate the work of the company's energy manager and guide him in the implementation of his objectives.