December 4, 2016

E-first to introduce new ISO 50001 standard conformance service

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E-first Chartered Surveyors are proud to announce that in addition to ESOS, they will be able to certify conformance to the ISO 50001 (EnMS) standard.

The ISO 50001 standard addresses the following:

  • Energy use and consumption.
  • Measurement, documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption.
  • Design and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems, and processes.
  • Development of an energy management plan and other factors affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organisation.

ISO 50001 was released by ISO in June 2011 and is a voluntary International Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The system is modelled after the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). However,  a significant feature in ISO 50001 is the requirement to “…improve the EnMS and the resulting energy performance” (clause 4.2.1 c). The other Standards mentioned here (ISO 9001 and ISO 14001) both require improvement to the effectiveness of the Management System but not to quality of the product/service (ISO 9001) or Environmental performance (ISO 14001). It is anticipated that by implementing ISO 9001 and 14001 that an organization would, in fact, improve quality and environmental performance, but the Standards do not specify it as a requirement.

ISO 50001, therefore, has taken a major step forward in “raising the bar” by requiring an organization to demonstrate that they have improved their energy performance. There are no quantitative targets specified – an organisation chooses its own then creates an action plan to reach the targets. With this structured approach, an organisation is more likely to see some tangible financial benefits.

If you would like more information regarding ISO 50001 certification please call the office on 01564 775 771 or click here.