Why bother with ISO 50001?

As far as the ISOs go, 50001 is generally seen by accreditation practitioners as one of the most sensible, straight forward and least onerous to implement.

Posted on 05 August 2015.

Well, that’s all very well if you are a practitioner, but what if you are not an expert – either in energy or management processes, is it something that is within your capability to achieve without sleepless nights and lots of overtime?  Can you have a serious energy strategy without it?

If you are considering reviewing or creating your organisations energy strategy, the energy management standard ISO 50001 is a great practical place to start as it provides a framework of requirements, even if you are not aiming to achieve certification.  Although, if you do attain certification, this will give you automatic compliance with ESOS the next time around.  If this seems like a daunting task, don’t forget, you don’t have to do this all at once.  You can use the building blocks of the standard and implement these progressively starting with the areas that give you the biggest return on investment.

Using these building blocks you can put together your own specific 2-3 year plan that suits your business, which should encompass both technical and behavioural projects.

So, having used the building blocks for ISO 50001 and having developed your energy strategy, why bother with accreditation?

I suppose the answer to that, is why not?  The chances are you will be well on your way to compliance with the requirements of the standard, which a simple gap analysis will confirm.  Having come this far, taking the next step will demonstrate to all your stakeholders that you are a business that takes energy seriously and will also make sure that you stick to your plan and move your projects forward.

If the thought of managing the additional paperwork is putting you off, there is a new software toolkit that could help.  The toolkit guides users through the stages of the certification process, with details of procedures, requirements, definitions and links to ‘how to’ guides and useful information.  It records documented decisions and stores any associated documentation and records all in one place. 

If you would like to know more about what you would need to do to get accreditation or how the new toolkit could help you, call us now on 0800 6127 567 to book a free consultation or register for a call back on our website here.