In commercial and industrial organizations, receiving an ISO 50001 certificate can produce long-term energy savings that directly affect the bottom line. ISO 50001 certification has been a key tool in support of its commitment to customers as a responsible data provider. ISO 50001 standard energy management, first introduced in 2011, is a proven framework for commercial and industrial institutions or organizations to manage power effectively.
For many organizations, the ISO 50001 has been instrumental in establishing strategic frameworks that significantly reduce energy costs and emit greenhouse gases – and continue to maintain that in time. The pioneer companies soon received these benefits, and they began to adopt and validate the ISO 50001 voluntary energy management system. But the biggest push for certification comes from regulation and ISO-related interests.
Energy monitoring and metering integration are very important, as companies need to demonstrate their continuous improvement in energy efficiency. However, the new ISO 50001: 2018 has just been released is introducing some major changes that organizations must understand to get a new certificate.
The new standard, ISO 50001: 2018, has many changes related to the previous version:
- It makes it easy to integrate various systems management and synergies with other high-level business processes similar to ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 45001: 2018, ISO 9001: 2015 and other management system standards
- Senior management will have to be more involved in the power management process, with the responsibility for general management reviews and sign-offs, to increase compliance to a higher level,
- The management plan will not focus on the company itself, but should focus on a broader perspective: the company and its stakeholders and supply chains should be evaluated in terms of energy efficiency;
- Audit times and efforts will increase, especially for large organizations for broader needs;
- The standard Plan-Do-Check-Act approach should not only be applied at the operational level, but also at the strategic level;
- Focusing from the completeness of the program to the improvement of its performance capacity; this is a major change, as organizations run the risk of losing their certificates in the event of a breach;
Companies already certified with ISO 50001: 2011 have the opportunity to improve their energy management system and transition to a new level. The time to meet the ISO 50001:2018 requirements of the new level is three years. And the ISO 50001 Consultants of Punyam.com who helps organizations for ISO 50001:2018 certification in following steps:
- Micro level survey for each and every activity of the organization and preparation of detailed Gap Analysis report,
- Preparation of applicable documents required by ISO 50001:2018 based on detailed study of all activities of the organizations
- Energy Management System Awareness Training to all levels of employees within the Organization,
- Help in effective implementation of system by periodic visit till ISO 50001 certification,
- Training to employees related to energy saving and energy control
- Train internal auditors.
- Assess the system through first internal audit to check readiness for the ISO 50001 certification.
- Take corrective actions for non-conformities and carry out management review meeting
- Apply for ISO 50001:2018 certification.
- Conduct management review meeting in presence of Top Management to guide the organization for effective implementation of all the issues related to energy management system.
- Take corrective actions on the non-conformities to the satisfaction of the certifying body.