About 80% of the energy consumed in the EU comes from fossil fuels: oil, natural gas and coal.The environmental impact of this system, together with safety issues and the inevitable economic implications, make their more rational use and better overall power management essential for achieving real sustainable development.
The standard ISO 50001 "Quality management systems for energy - Requirements with application guidance" is the appropriate response.A standard that is the complement of the other two standards, ISO 9001 on quality management systems and ISO 14001 for environmental management systems.
The standard specifies requirements for an energy management system and enables an organisation to have a systematic approach for continuous improvement of its energy performance: an improvement that results in a more efficient and more sustainable use of energy, regardless of its type.
The standard itself does not define specific performance criteria relating to energy.Standard ISO 50001 will simply help companies wishing to adopt it, to organise improved energy efficiency processes and systems: a type of management that leads to economic benefits and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
It is a technical document, useful for businesses of any size and any type, that is able to adapt to a variety of geographical, cultural and social conditions.Standard ISO 50001 can be adopted independently or integrated with any other management systems.
For ease of use, the structure of the standard is similar to ISO 14001 (on Environmental Management Systems) and follows the same methodology of the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), thus making integration very simple between two different systems.
Standard ISO 50001 applies to companies that want to:
Who should use the ISO 50001
Mainly companies which consume significant amounts of energy.
Unlike any guideline that provides generic support for the development of an energy management system, standard ISO 50001 guarantees the possibility of a certification path for compliance or self-declaration that is completely analogous to the UNI EN ISO 9001 or UNI EN ISO 14001.
The specific objectives are to ensure: