Watch Out: ISO 50001 is about!

Coming to a standards office near you is ISO 50001. Due to be published in early 2011, this will be the definitive Energy Management Standard. Currently, the de facto standard for energy management is EN 16001:2009 ‘Energy management systems. Requirements with guidance for use’. This standard is intended to help all organisations irrespective of their size, geographical location, products, services or marketplace to establish the processes and systems necessary for managing and improving energy efficiency. In turn, this helps reduce emissions and green house gases.

Having an EN16001 Energy Management System will enable any organisation to:

  • Improve energy use performance in a systematic way
  • Establish an energy management system
  • Ensure energy management conforms with stated policy
  • Demonstrate to stakeholders and others the organisation’s commitment to energy use improvement
  • Allow certification of the Energy Management System by an accredited third party.

EN 16001 is currently a European standard (the EN designator indicating it is a ‘European Norm’). However, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) has taken up this standard and is planning to publish the international version as ISO 50001 and, surprise, surprise, will also be called “Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use”. Currently, the international standard version is in the voting stage as a Draft International Standard. If all goes well expected publication will be in early 2011. Thus, certainly for a while EN 16001 and ISO 50001 will sit alongside one another. Those of you who have already started on EN 16001 programmes fear not: one of the prime aims in writing the international version has been to retain compatibility between EN 16001 and ISO 50001 thus ensuring early adopters of the former standard will not lose out. It is anticipated that those certifying to EN16001 should have only minimal transitional requirements to achieve ISO 50001 status.

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The contents of EN 16001 are:

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • 1 Scope
  • 2 Terms and definitions
  • 3 Energy management system requirements
  • 3.1 General requirements
  • 3.2 Energy policy
  • 3.3 Planning
  • 3.3.1 Identification and review of energy aspects
  • 3.3.2 Legal obligations and other requirements
  • 3.3.3 Energy objectives, targets and programme(s)
  • 3.4 Implementation and operation
  • 3.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and authority
  • 3.4.2 Awareness, training and competence
  • 3.4.3 Communication
  • 3.4.4 Energy management system documentation
  • 3.4.5 Control of documents
  • 3.4.6 Operational control
  • 3.5 Checking
  • 3.5.1 Monitoring and measurement
  • 3.5.2 Evaluation of compliance
  • 3.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action
  • 3.5.4 Control of records
  • 3.5.5 Internal audit of the energy management system
  • 3.6 Review of the energy management system by top management
  • 3.6.1 General
  • 3.6.2 Inputs to management review
  • 3.6.3 Outputs from management review
  • Annex A (informative) Guidance on the use of this European standard
  • A.1 General requirements
  • A.2 Energy policy
  • A.3 Planning
  • A.3.1 Identification and review of energy aspects
  • A.3.2 Legal obligations and other requirements
  • A.3.3 Energy objectives, targets and programme(s)
  • A.4 Implementation and operation
  • A.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and authority
  • A.4.2 Awareness, training and competence
  • A.4.3 Communication
  • A.4.4 Energy management system documentation
  • A.4.5 Control of documents
  • A.4.6 Operational control
  • A.5 Checking
  • A.5.1 Monitoring and measurement
  • A.5.2 Evaluation of compliance
  • A.5.3 Nonconformity, corrective action and preventive action
  • A.5.4 Control of records
  • A.5.5 Internal audit of the energy management system
  • A.6 Review of the energy management system by top management
  • Bibliography