ISO 50001: Improving UK energy performance

ISO 50001: Improving UK energy performance

Feb 29, 2016  Energy 

ISO 50001: Improving UK energy performance
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Energy is critical to business operations and its use can come at a major cost.

Organisations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, but they can improve the way they manage energy. Businesses around the world are turning to the ISO 50001 standard as a long-term solution to manage energy efficiently in order to achieve year-on-year reductions in energy consumption and costs

ISO 50001 is a voluntary international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and contains requirements for an energy management system (EnMS). An ISO 50001 compliant EnMS can help organisations establish a methodology for continually improving energy performance, adopting an internationally recognised framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the business operation, and identifying energy saving opportunities to improve energy performance. 

It also allows integration with other management systems such as ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, as well as ensuring compliance with legal requirements such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Regulations 2014.

ESOS requires large enterprises to carry out mandatory energy audits and report their notification to the Environment Agency (EA) every four years. The EA confirmed that certain alternatives to ESOS audits, such as ISO 50001, are permitted. Organisations with a certified ISO 50001 EnMS that covers all their energy are not required to carry out additional work, such as calculating total energy consumption and appointing an ESOS lead assessor, to comply with the ESOS Regulation. Instead they can make an ESOS notification directly to the EA, potentially reducing the cost of compliance.

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