The ISO 50001 certification was developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation as an internationally recognised framework for businesses looking to improve the management of their energy performance systems. It looks at a variety of areas from energy use and consumption, to design and procurement practices for energy-using equipment. Once the standard is implemented your business will have a thorough and comprehensive energy management plan which aims to constantly review and improve the situation.
The energy management system the ISO 50001 certification installs into your business isn’t designed to set performance goals, instead it is there to guide and give you a framework to work so that you can improve your energy performance. It uses data and information it gathers itself to maintain and improve on your consumption of energy. This is often the real advantage of the ISO 50001 and the way in which you’ll see a difference to your efforts to reducing your carbon footprint after all, if you don’t track your figures how are you supposed to manage your performance.
Energy management really is a growing concern to businesses and organisations, and a ‘green’ outlook can really help your reputation. With an ISO 50001 you can approach the aim to reduce your carbon footprint in a systematic and sustainable approach. The ISO 50001 certification is designed for widespread use across industry and sectors and it has been estimated that if the standard achieves widespread adoption it could potentially influence up to 60 per cent of the world’s energy use.
The ISO 50001 looks at a number of aspects within your organisation within the energy management system. For example, it ensures that any current energy consuming assets are as energy friendly as they can possibly and looks at ways in which this can be improved in the short term, or the long term. This could involve ensuring that the machines are well-maintained or that when they need to be replaced, they are replaced with better energy saving models.
The ISO 50001 model is all about engaging with the workers and management teams of an organisation to ensure that they really and truly understand the energy policy of the company, that it has been implemented properly and most importantly how it is implemented. Only when these three points are achieved will you be able to see success in the reduction of your carbon footprint, once everyone is working on the same page and moving towards the same overall goal. This best practice has to be seen from the managing director all the way down the staff members of the company, it really is a team effort.
The green technology world is in constant evolution, and keeping up with the technologies available along with any possible grants and incentives can be difficult. The ISO 50001 helps you to keep on top of this area, evaluating how beneficial new energy-efficient technology could be to your business and prioritising its importance.
Finally the ISO 50001 is designed to integrate with other ISO certifications, working on the same management system platform so if you already have an ISO standard in place in your organisation you’ll find it much easier to implement the ISO 50001 standard.
Considering the future and sustainability of our world is something that we all should consider, and by using the ISO 50001 framework for your energy management system you’ll see long term returns.
Bio: Rebecca Field is writing on behalf of QMS International, a company specialising in ISO Certification, including ISO 50001. They have recently awarded their 20,000th certificate and are proud to offer a high quality service to a wide variety of sectors and industries.