ISO 50001 Set for a Revision
The International Energy Management System (EnMS) Standard ‘ISO 50001’ recently celebrated its 5th anniversary in June 2016. According to ISO, by the end of 2014, 6,778 organisations achieved certification to the standard, with many others implementing the standard without getting certified.
As with all ISO management system standards, ISO 50001 must be reviewed every five years to establish if a revision is required to ensure it remains a useful tool for all types of businesses and organizations around the world. ISO and Technical Committee (TC) 242 (the technical committee responsible for the standard) decided that the standard needs to be re-designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015, and the soon to be published ISO 45001. ISO approved the decision to revise the Standard in January 2016.
Members of TC 242 met in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2016 to discuss and advance the revision of the Standard.
The new standard will follow the Annex SL clause structure and will likely consist of the following clauses:
- Normative references
- Terms and definitions
- Context of the organization
- Planning for the EnMS
- Performance Evaluation
The standard is currently at a preparatory stage where a working group (WG) is set up by TC 242 to prepare the working draft (WD). A draft version is estimated to be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. ISO aims to publish the final revised standard in January 2019.
Post COP21, the ISO wants to better position 50001 as a mechanism for engaging large energy users on national and international energy and climate goals.
According to the ISO, “Broad implementation of ISO 50001 across the commercials and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules (1018 J) by 2030, saving over $600 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.”
The ISO aims to achieve 50,001 certifications to the standard by 2020.