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What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is an international standard geared towards an energy management system, or EnMS. In essence, this standard provides a robust framework to help both private and public sector organisations to improve their energy efficiency. ISO 50001-certified entities are demonstrating their commitment to continual improvement in proper energy management.

Who needs ISO 50001 certification?

This energy management standard can benefit any business or organisation that is looking for ways to save energy, lower costs, and meet carbon reduction targets. ISO 50001 is also an ideal standard to have if your entity is looking to obtain grants or funds geared towards energy efficiency.

Here are a few examples of how ISO 50001 can benefit different businesses and organisations:

Contractor Suppliers

Obtaining ISO 50001 certification can help contractor suppliers and other related sectors to adhere to statutory requirements on energy efficiency and carbon emissions. It also helps bolster the green credentials of certified businesses.


Manufacturing is an energy-hungry sector that stands to benefit greatly from optimising its energy efficiency. Through thorough assessment and implementation, ISO 50001 can help reduce the cost of utilities, carbon emissions and associated costs of, so-called, carbon taxes.


Schools and universities that have implemented ISO 50001 have seen a drastic reduction in costs and reliance on fossil fuels. These educational establishments have also been able to practice what they preached, thus improving their credibility and overall reputation.

What’s ISO 50001 all about?

ISO 50001 provides a holistic energy efficiency transformation that goes well beyond just replacing old bulbs with energy-efficient ones. This standard fits in perfectly with associated ISO standards, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, to provide continual improvement of environmental management.

Some of the changes or improvements brought about by ISO 50001 include:

  • Measure results of optimisation
  • Continually improve energy management
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Carry out periodic reviews of implemented changes
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use

Having this EnMS in place can help your organisation to face the current and upcoming challenges brought about by climate change and a greater desire to safeguard our fragile environment. As with all other ISO standards, ISO 50001 provides you with a formal and proven framework that helps you achieve greater energy savings whilst also fulfilling an important part of your environmental responsibilities.

The next step

If you would like to find out more about becoming ISO 50001-certified, you should get in touch with us today.

One of our experts will be able to answer your questions and provide you with a thorough explanation of the entire process.

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