Requirements for an Energy Management System in accordance with chapter 4.6.1 of ISO 50001
In appendix A of the energy standard, the publishers combine the rules of the standard with the practical requirements. Improvement of energy-related performance is the main focus of the standard and the text.
A central requirement for functional EnMS is that the respective organization regularly checks and assesses its energy management system. Only this way can improvement potential be discovered on an ongoing basis.
ISO 50001 provides design freedom for an Energy Management System
The authors of ISO 50001 expressly leave the manner of implementation of the EnMS to the company. The organization carrying it out determines the degree, extent and time frame of the continuous improvement process. The company’s own policy and strategies can define the scope and time frame of the process.
ISO 50001 also relates to energy efficiency and energy consumption with its concept of energy-related performance. This widens the selection of measures for energy-related performance for implementation. For example, the peak load can be reduced. However it is also possible to use surplus energy or lost energy optimally. Or the procedures in the company are improved.
Energy Management needs documentation
An EDMS/EnMS must meet basic requirements for precise collection of data and documentation, but also requirements for regular checks. Requirements for the procurement of energy that is suitable for efficient energy use must be defined and documented.
Even if the standard features a large degree of freedom in the design of energy management, all measures must comply with the binding requirements of ISO 50001.
The auditing must also be noted in particular. Most of all, the selected auditor must ensure objectivity and impartiality. Recording of all steps is mandatory.
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