Since 2016, the ISO technical committee has been reviewing ISO 50001 to ensure that the standard continues to meet the changing needs of organizations. In order to understand the changes between ISO 50001:2011 to ISO 50001:2019, DQS will inform you of the latest developments on a regular basis.
What is ISO 50001?
The overall objective of ISO 50001 is to support organizations in their efforts to structure and implement a comprehensive energy management system, as well as to continually improve their energy performance. ISO 50001 assists organizations in their pursuit of energy-related objectives in a systematic, comprehensive, goal oriented, and sustainable manner. Adopting the standard enables organizations to meet legal requirements, to identify and analyze the flows of energy, to save costs and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What changes can we expect between the two versions?
- The standard will implement the High Level Structure (HLS) already found in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, and will share the same terminology. This will make it easier to integrate energy management into the overall management system.
- Key concepts relating to energy performance are more clearly defined; content will be more linguistically precise (Clause 3).
- Increased focus on top management and leadership engagement during the implementation process (Clause 5).
- Risk-based thinking to play a bigger role in improving energy performance (Clause 6).
- The suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the management system will need to be revised, alongside energy performance. A bigger focus on continuous improvement remaining active in the development and implementation of the management system is also to be expected (Clause 10).
What happens next?
After taking all public comments into consideration, the last draft is expected in June 2018, with the final standard set to be released in January 2019.