How to get ISO 50001 Certification

Since 2011, organisations have been able to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and consumption, thanks to ISO 50001. Five years after its publication, ISO has reviewed the standard and decided to release an update in the next year to conform to the Annex SL and its High-Level Structure.  A meeting was held in Stockholm in June 2016, where ISO formed a new Technical Committee, TC 301, to develop the new Energy Management System Standard (ISO 50001). TC 301 is currently working on the Committee draft with the final version scheduled for release in January 2019.

Gerard Bailey

Whether one needs to be compliant with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8, reduce operational cost, secure energy-related government subsidies or position themselves as leaders in sustainability, an ISO 50001 compliant energy management system (EnMS) is essential.  However, successfully implementing such a system within an organisation can be a daunting task.

Our ISO 50001 Lead Auditor, Gerard Bailey, talks through how to get ISO 50001 certification and explores industry ‘best practices’.

Step 1 – GAP Analysis

Engaging with relevant stakeholders across your organisation is essential to facilitating a full assessment of how your sites are currently functioning and pinpoint strengths, weaknesses and focus points.  After completing a GAP analysis, our consultants will produce an assessment report which provides a complete graphic performance profile of the Energy Management System (EnMS), to enable target-setting for the future as well as the comparison of different units of the organisation (e.g. for benchmarking purposes).

Step 2 – Implementation Plan

The results of the gap analysis, together with a first high-level screening of existing relevant procedures, are summarised in a clear implementation plan detailing a step-by-step roadmap for the implementation of the EnMS with a detailed list of actions and the corresponding planning, roles, and responsibilities.

Step 3 – Implementation Support

Our consultants will provide extensive implementation support and coaching to accelerate your organisation’s journey towards ISO 50001 certification. This support includes:

  • Screening, reviewing and updating current procedures and working methods
  • Creating new instructions (if necessary)
  • Implementing all technical aspects required by ISO 50001 (energy baseline, energy plan, energy performance indicators)
  • Organising implementation workshops to inform process owners and relevant personnel on all processes and requirements
  • Developing a communication plan and awareness campaign, which is key to create an effective EnMS and to establish an energy culture within the organisation
  • Designing a customised training programme upon or near completion of the EnMS implementation; a pre-audit is conducted to verify the completeness of the process and to identify any remaining gaps.
  • Facilitating external audits.

Upon request, ETS can also support the actual certification of the EnMS by being present on site and participating during the audit.

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Through years of operating in the manufacturing industry, our team of engineers have extensive experience in implementing and delivering ISO 50001 certified Energy Management Systems.  Our consultants will work with you to determine the best way forward for your organisation to design a package that is reflective of your business objectives.

Drawing on the expertise and skills of our Energy Data Analysts from our Technical Energy Centre, we will assess and identify areas of high consumption, behavioural patterns and put forward recommendations for improvements.  The results of the Gap analysis, together with a first high-level screening of existing relevant procedures, are summarised in a clear implementation plan, detailing a step-by-step roadmap for the implementation of the EnMS with a list of actions and the corresponding planning, roles, and responsibilities

Our approach helps you to answer questions such as:

  • What is the current performance of the organisation’s EnMS or approach?
  • How does it compare to the compliance requirements of ISO 50001 and to industry best practices?
  • Where is the largest improvement potential of the current system? And what is the effort needed?
  • How do I ensure continuous improvement and maturity, and how do I guarantee that improvements stay aligned with the overall company strategy?
  • How do I demonstrate the current EnMS’ effectiveness?
  • How do I benchmark the EnMS performance of different units in my organisation?
  • Which procedures are required for ISO 50001 certification?
  • How can I update my existing procedures instead of creating a completely new management system? How can I integrate ISO 50001 with other existing management systems, such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001?
  • How do I develop an energy baseline, an energy plan and energy performance indicators?
  • How can I create an energy culture within my organisation, engaging all employees in gaining a better energy performance and a continuous improvement of my energy efficiency?
  • What is the best communication plan to help build an energy culture, engage staff and get an effective EnMS?
  • What training is needed for key personnel to maintain the EnMS?

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you achieve ISO 50001 certification, call us today on 0117 375 0850 or email us at


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