ISO-50001 - Where do I start ?

Do you need to :   "Win the energy challenge with ISO-50001" ?

Before we offer any help - you may want to familiarise yourself - so why not read what ISO have to say about it ! 
ISO 50001 Win the energy Challenge - Introduction
Free introduction direct from website

How you can I achieve ISO 50001 compliance ?

We can help ! 

But first we should help you understand your priorities - we will then match your needs however you define them !

This article gives you a five-minute starter on the subject and may lead you to some resources that can significantly help you in your goal.

- We hope so !

How hard is it ?

ISO 50001 is drafted to be as inclusive as possible, which means that organisations can approach compliance in at least three ways:
  1. Audit by accreditation or registration body for certification.
  2. Internal verification of compliance (self-certification)
  3. Client assessment - usually as a trade condition.
It is very important to understand that whichever of these methods is chosen, the key benefit is from conformance ! 

And, just as you would not expect to pass an exam without preparation and learning, you will not be found to comply to ISO-50001 by chance.

You may wish to purchase the standard directly :

However we will provide an introductory view may be that you are already doing much of what is required - and that you can adapt only as necessary.

What is ISO 50001 all about ?
ISO 50001 is a specification created by the International Organization for Standardization for an energy management system, which specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption.
(courtesy  ISO Catalogue description ) 
The process of compliance is based on four inter-related exercises:
Which form a :

 "continual improvement framework and incorporates energy management into everyday organizational practices"
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Check
  • Act
These are listed in order, but necessarily in any organisation there is a work flow that means that while planning take place in one area, action may be required elsewhere. This aspect of time and organisational management is we believe the major issue faced by energy managers world-wide. We go as far as to say that if you do not have the means to track the above, in different places and at different times, then much of your energy management effort and time is likely to be wasted.

This is not just our opinion - it is so much the case that a schematic indicating this is used by ISO to represent the management process in this context.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Process - How to save energy

Energy management system model for this International Standard (Courtesy ISO)
  •  Plan: conduct the energy review and establish the baseline, energy performance indicators (EnPIs), objectives, targets and action plans necessary to deliver results that will improve energy performance in accordance with the organization's energy policy;
  •  Do: implement the energy management action plans;
  •  Check: monitor and measure processes and the key characteristics of operations that determine energy performance against the energy policy and objectives, and report the results;
  •  Act: take actions to continually improve energy performance and the EnMS.

Now - How can we help ?

To be clear we will be delighted if you wish to drop us a line, but to save you time, it may be worth understanding how we approach the subject.

is essential, but can involve a huge amount of paperwork, spreadsheets and similar. Alternatively, a huge amount can be automated if you have your main utilities monitored by smart-meter.

This means the "bottom-line" numbers in terms of energy are available in high resolution accessible formats. Not only does that mean your data is organised and secure (a requirement), but it also means that your reporting aspects are covered, without any need for manual intervention.
So you can produce charts like this at the drop of a hat : 

Pattern Recognition to identify energy saving opportunity
Weekly performance assessment - automated by kWIQly (Click to Enlarge)

Naturally planning is essential - but we have come up with a way to automate the planning process as we can now measure waste directly from smart-meter data (we use pattern-recognition techniques that are proven but remain proprietary). This means that given a portfolio of buildings, we can not only automate the planning process to target provably achievable objectives, we can roll-the plan forward on a continual basis, tightening conformance parameters automatically as progress is made. Note - your preferences are required based in planning process)

Even the entry level version of kWIQly incorporates automated anomaly identification that considers your available time-resources so that you are not overwhelmed and prioritizes tasks so the time you have available is best applied. Reminders can be scheduled, a ticketing system tracks open items, and a complete audit trail is available for every metered point.

The system is integrated - As soon as a target is set (automatically to define continual achievable progress) or manually if desired (for reasons the system cannot automatically interpret - e.g. budgetary considerations, or imminent organisational change). Tracking commences immediately. When the  pre-set tolerances are exceeded notifications are added to the tracking system, that can be forwarded to the relevant party. A dashboard of EnPIs - (  ISO term for KPI's ) is available on a continual basis, that supports rouine or ad-hoc monitoring and report generation

The difference between DO and ACT can be unclear in a continual management system for energy.  The reason is that in the process of addressing problems, (implementing the plan) a continual stream of awareness should be feeding into better practice.

We think it important that any energy management team can state unequivocally five things:

  1. We know the targets and tolerances within which we manage, and how they are set.
  2. When we outperform targets, we have the means to find why and repeat it, where possible.
  3. When something goes wrong we can track; the occurrence, duration, impact and probably causes, together with communications between responsible parties.
  4. We have criteria relating to cost of inaction that are used to justify innovative energy savings measures.
  5. We have access to expert support when we need it.
If you think being able to demonstrate these would help you achieve ISO-50001 compliance please contact us

We hope can be of further help!

Endnote on Accreditation:

You will not be "ISO certified" by ISO even if you succeed. You may be certified by a certification body to ISO-50001 , but none carry the imprimatur of ISO.

ISO spell this out in no uncertain terms... 
ISO does not perform certification
ISO develops International Standards, including management system standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 31000. However, it is not involved in the certification to any of the standards it develops. Certification is performed by external certification bodies, which are largely private. Therefore a company or organization cannot be certified by ISO. - for more details:
Internation Accreditation Forum

If considering accreditation - you should ensure the certification body implements "ISO/IEC 17021:2011, Conformity assessment –Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification management systems" 
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