ISO 50001:2018 - Energy Management System

What is ISO 50001:2018?

ISO 50001 specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an Energy Management System (EnMS), whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption.

The current version of ISO 50001:2018 was released in August 2018.

The requirements specified in this standard are applicable to any organization regardless of its type, size, complexity as well as is applicable to activities affecting energy performance that are managed and controlled by the respective organization.

Benefits of ISO 50001:2018 Certification

ISO 50001 enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, which in turn brings many benefits where some benefits are mentioned below:
  • Improved Energy Performance
  • Increased Customer Satisfaction
  • Reduced Operating Costs
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint
  • Increased Focus on Risks
  • Greater Compliance
  • Gain Competitive Advantage
  • Improved stakeholder relationships
  • International Recognition

Journey to ISO 50001:2018 Certification

ISO 50001 Certification is a 3rd party audit performed by MQA, during the audit we will verify that your organization is following the requirements of ISO 50001, if received positive results then we will issue an ISO 50001 certificate. This certification is then maintained through annual surveillance audits by MQA, with re-certification of the ISO 50001 Certification after three years. See below cycle to know how you can get started on the road to certification:

MQA Certification Cycle

Year 1
Step 1.1 (Initial Application)
  • Client request a quotation.
  • MQA will assess Client’s requirements.
  • MQA will share proposal with client.
  • Client signed the 3-year Certification Contract with MQA.
Step 1.2 (Certification Audit)
  • MQA will conduct:
    1. Gap Assessment (Readiness Review)
    2. Stage-1 Audit (Documentation Review)
    3. Stage-2 Audit (Implementation Review)
  • MQA Auditor will share the audit reports to MQA’s Certification Decision Committee.
Step 1.3 (Certificate Management)
  • If certification decision is positive, then certificate is issued by MQA.
  • If certification decision is negative, then verification audit is planned by MQA.
  • Client will receive the MQA Portal access to:
    1. View the Audit Reports.
    2. Download the ISO Certificate.
    3. Review & Respond to Audit Findings, etc.
Year 2 & 3
Step 2.1 (Renewal Request)
  • MQA request for renewal.
  • Client agreed for Surveillance Audit.
Step 2.2 (Surveillance Audit)
  • MQA will conduct Surveillance Audit
  • MQA Auditor will share the audit reports to MQA’s Certificate Decision Committee.
Step 2.3 (Certificate Management)
  • If no critical non-conformity found, then certificate is renewed by MQA.
  • If any critical nonconformity found, then verification audit is planned by MQA.
  • Client have the MQA Portal access to:
    1. View the Audit Reports.
    2. Download the ISO Certificate.
    3. Review & Respond to Audit Findings, etc.

Why Was ISO 50001:2018 Revised?

All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to serve the business community and maintain its relevance in today’s marketplace. ISO 50001:2018 is designed to respond to the latest trends and be compatible with other management systems such as ISO 9001, 45001, etc.

ISO 50001:2018 is the latest standard which sets out the criteria for an Energy Management System and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to.

What Are the Main Changes to the Standard?

The key changes relate to:
  • The new version follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with other management system standards as follows Annex SL.
  • Extended requirements related to communications.
  • More emphasis on Risk Based Approach.
  • Greater focus on leadership.

What Are the Impacts if You Are Certified to 50001:2011?

If you’re ISO 50001:2011 certified, then you’ve to upgrade your company to ISO 50001:2018 version before 31st January 2022, otherwise your ISO 50001:2005 certificate will be expired automatically, and it will impact your market reputation.

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