The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the latest version of the ISO 50001 standard for energy management on 21 August 2018.
The 2018 edition replaces the 2011 version and existing certificate holders have three years to adopt the changes (i.e. by August 2021).
An Energy Management System (EnMS) enables an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including factors such as energy efficiency, energy use, and energy consumption.
Within the EU, certification to the standard can offset certain legal obligations regarding energy auditing that applies to large organisations.
The new edition of ISO 50001 applies the same “high level structure” used in all major ISO management system standards, for example ISO 14001 on Environmental management, and uses common terms and definitions and the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle for continual improvement.
Like the other standards it places a stronger emphasis on the role of top management and a risk based approach.
The SCANNELL QEHS cloud-based software system closely follows this approach in a joined up – integrated way that encourages involvement at all levels of an organisation through ease of use and accessibility.
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