ISO 50001

The ISO standard focuses attention on the performance of the organisation, on the specific energy performance, and above all requires that the promotion of energy efficiency be considered along the entire distribution chain of the organisation and, an important novelty, that it is a requirement to ask your suppliers.
The standard is intended to provide businesses with a framework for integrating energy performance into the daily management of their activities; it also aims to promote best energy management practices and seeks to improve their management in the context of projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this way, companies worldwide have a single standard available for the implementation of a univocal methodology to identify and implement improvements.

ISO 50001 develops the 4 phases of the cycle in as many sections: to address energy problems, the energy aspects of the organisation must be identified, choosing those that are deemed most significant, analysing and evaluating their critical points and weaknesses; the operational choices must then be defined, acting on the basis of the identified objectives (PLAN). After carrying out the identified measures (DO), the efficiency of these measures (CHECK) is assessed and any new weak points are analysed. On the basis of this control phase, the planning cycle begins again, defining new objectives (ACT).

An energy management system represents an important opportunity for anyone intending to successfully deal with energy aspects within their enterprise, because it allows them to:

  • have a systemic approach in the definition of energy objectives and in the identification of the tools suitable for their achievement;
  • identify opportunities for improvement;
  • ensure compliance with all the mandatory requirements;
  • reduce costs related to energy consumption.

Source: FIRE – ITALIAN FEDERATION FOR THE RATIONAL USE OF ENERGY