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ISO 50001 for Energy Management Gets a Boost

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently revised the ISO 50001 standard, making it even more effective in helping to tackle the world’s energy challenges.

Roland Risser, Chair of the ISO Technical Committee that developed the standard, said the new version features updated terms and definitions and greater clarification of certain energy performance concepts.

“There is a stronger emphasis on the role of top management as it is important to instilling an organizational culture change,” Risser said. “It is also now aligned with ISO’s requirements for management system standards, making it easier to integrate into an organization’s existing management systems.”

Risser said ISO 50001:2018, Energy Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use – transformed the energy performance of organizations worldwide when it was first published in 2011 because it provided a strategic tool for using energy more efficiently and effectively. It also provides a framework for managing energy performance and addressing energy costs, while helping companies reduce their environmental impact to meet emissions reduction targets, he said.

Risser added that ISO 50001 has become increasingly important since its release seven years ago. By the end of 2016, ISO issued a 20,216 certificates to ISO 50001.An ISO Survey showed certifications to the standard increased 69% during the same year.

ISO 50001:2018 was developed by ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 301, Energy Management and Energy Savings whose secretariat is held jointly by American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is ISO’s member for the United States, and Standardization Administration of China (SAC), which is ISO’s member for China. The standard is available to ISO members and can be purchased online at the ISO Store.