Energy management: ISO 50001:2018 has been published

ISO 50001

Certification bodies, such as BSI, DNV GL, SGS and BRE will be at EMEX 2018 to help existing and new customers to transition or get certified to the revised standard.

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ISO 50001 has become increasingly relevant since its release in 2011. Nearly 20,216 organizations were certified to the standard by the end of 2016. A global survey shows that ISO 50001 certifications increased by 69% during 2016. According to ISO, available evidence shows that organizations adopting the ISO 50001 standard benefit from initial energy improvements of 10% or more and achieve net cost savings, mostly through low cost or no cost changes to operations.

Changes in ISO 50001:2018

Roland Risser, Chair of the ISO technical committee that developed the standard, said the new version features updated terms and definitions and greater clarification of certain energy performance concepts.

“There is a stronger emphasis on the role of top management as well, as it is important to instilling an organizational culture change,” he explained. “It is also now aligned with ISO’s requirements for management system standards, making it easier to integrate into an organization’s existing management systems.”

The key changes to the standard include:

A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership

  • Clarification of key concepts related to energy performance
  • Improved compatibility with ISO 14001 and other ISO management system standards, through the alignment to the HLS
  • Improved sections on data collection and normalization

BSI mapping guide provides more detailed information about the differences between the new and old standard

The transition period for existing certificates is three years.

This means that by 20 August 2021, all certificates shall be transitioned to ISO 50001:2018 to ensure continued validity. After the transition period, certificates to the 2011-edition cease to be valid.

While three years may seem like a long time, we know that the transition journey runs smoother when companies prepare and plan well to avoid a rushed process. We recommend getting familiar with the new version and identifying gaps sooner rather than later.

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