ISO 50001 Energy Management System Certification

ISO 50001 Energy Management System CertificationSaving energy and managing it efficiently are the first steps to follow in order to contribute to sustainability of human activities. Companies have a key role here: saving energy and integrating management of energetic performance within everyday activities allows you to supervise consumption and restrain energy costs, gaining profit and competitive benefits. A timely and systematic monitoring of energy use is able, in a short time, to allow considerable internal cost saving, as well as giving a precious contribution to global energy resources. An Energy management system offers a systematic approach for monitoring and reducing energy consumption in all kinds of organizations.
ISO 50001 regulation: requirements for Energy Management systems are the new standard dedicated to EnMS. It is based on PDCA approach (Plan-Do-Check-Act), that means that its requirements establish a correct energy policy with concrete objectives. These include putting in place actions to reduce and monitor energy use, verifying energy savings and planning ongoing improvements. The principal requirements regard: implementation of energy policy with concrete and measurable objectives, identification of energy use focusing on critical areas and elements that mostly influence the consumption, periodical consumption forecast and its systematic comparison with effective consumption, integration of energy consumption into decisional processes like planning and purchase of plants, raw materials, services. Obtaining ISO 50001 certificate becomes an important tool which enables the company to increase competitivity, highlighting its commitment to safeguard the environment.

The benefits of ISO 50001 certification are:

  • The opportunity to take advantage of in-house experts to evaluate the conformity and efficiency of the existing energy management system;
  • Ensuring continuous improvement in application of energy management methods and getting organized to manage their evaluation at the best;
  • Demonstrate to all the interested parties the strong commitment for environment protection, as well as profitability and cost reduction;
  • Special terms access to financial procedures;
  • Reduction of resource misuse;
  • Better ability to adhere to legal requirements;
  • possibility of competing in foreign markets with an objective warranty of organization quality;
  • more likeliness of winning national and international tenders;
  • reduction of bank guarantee in public contracts;
  • more possibility of getting clients;
  • improvement of the company image;
  • monitoring and cost-cutting.

The most important parts of the certification process are:

  • Definition of the purpose of certification;
  • Pre-audit (optional); Gap-analysis and diagnosis of current situation in comparison to standards. The objective is to evaluate the process conformity to the requirements of Quality Assurance. The main phases of Gap analysis include:
    • Purpose definition;
    • Audit;
    • Non-conformity reports and opportunities for improvement;
  • Certification audit divided in two steps:
    • Step 1: Certification preparation revision;
    • Step 2: certification preparation evaluation
  • Certificate issue, valid for three years;
  • Monitoring audit, in order to check the conformity maintenance is kept up to the standards and continuous improvement;
  • Three year validity - when expired, the certificate can be renewed in accordance with the abovementioned procedure.