Published: 3 Dec 2018
August 2018 – ISO 50001: 2018 “Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use” was published
The standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS). The expected result is to allow an organization to follow a systematic approach to achieve continuous improvement of energy performance and of the ENMS.
Characteristics of the ISO 50001: 2018 standard
a) is applicable to any organization regardless of the type, size, complexity, geographical location, organizational culture or products and services it provides;
b) is applicable to activities that affect the energy performance that is managed and controlled by the organization;
c) is applicable regardless of the quantity, use or types of energy consumed;
d) requires demonstration of the continuous improvement of energy performance, but does not define the levels of improvement of energy performance to be achieved;
e) can be used independently, or aligned or integrated with other management systems.
The new edition was built, as ISO standards recently published, according to the ISO High Level Structure (HLS) on the structure of international standards on management systems; the new ISO 50001: 2018 is therefore structured according to the same 10 chapters of the ISO 9001: 2015 and ISO 14001: 2015 standards.
The new ISO 50001: 2018 specifies with greater clarity some aspects of energy analysis (Energy Review), provides more precise indications on energy performance indicators (Energy Performance Indicators, EnPIs) and reference consumption (Energy Baselines, EnB) , introduces new definitions and some new concepts (for example, the “normalization” of EnPIs and EnB).
There remains to be defined times and modalities related to the transition from the old to the new edition of the norm.