Certification process

Certification in accordance with ISO 50001 – Energy Management Systems

ISO 50001 can be implemented and conceived in various ways.

From self-declaration to certification

The standard does not set any absolute requirements for energy-related performance, but only mandates adherence to the company’s own obligations defined in its energy policy and adherence to national or international requirements.

For this reason, two organizations with comparable business activities, but different energy-related performance, can both comply with the requirements of this standard.

Because it is based on common elements of ISO management system standards, it is compatible with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to a large degree. As an international standard, it can be applied to any organization that:

  • Wants to establish conformity to its own energy-related rules
  • Wants to be able to prove this conformity to external bodies

ISO 50001 makes the following possible for the company’s own energy management:

  • Certification by external organizations
  • Self-assessment
  • Self-declaration

Internal audit

In order to adhere to the regulations of the standard, internal audits must be carried out at planned time intervals. This should ensure that the energy management system:

  • It is in line with the planned design of the energy management
  • It meets the requirements of the standard
  • It is compliant with the strategic and operative energy objectives
  • It is implemented and maintained in an effective form
  • The energy-related performance is improved

The internal auditing can be carried out by people from the organization, but also from people from outside the company. Their qualification and position must allow competent, neutral and objective assessment. In small companies, the independence of the auditor can be evidenced in that they are not responsible for the activities and areas to be audited.

If the auditing of an EnMS is combined with other internal audits, the objectives and the area of application must be clearly defined.

Energy audit

An energy audit audit is different to an internal audit. It includes a detailed assessment of the energy-related performance of an organization, a process or both. This audit is usually based on the measurement and monitoring of the current energy-related performance. The audit provides information on the current consumption and energy performance. The results can also include recommendations for improvements with regards to energy-related performance.

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