ISO 50001

The global Energy Management System Standard, ISO 50001, was launched in June 2011 and has had a rapid application across the world.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 certification is a route to compliance for those organisations qualifying for ESOS as long as the certification is valid on the next compliance date of 5 December 2019. A new version of ISO 50001 is due for publication in June 2018.

The purpose of an Energy Management System (EnMS), compliant with ISO 50001, is to continually improve energy performance by the systematic and coordinated approach to energy management.

What are the benefits?

Around the world 3M have some sites certified to ISO 50001 and they produce 60% more energy savings than those not certified.

The benefits are best summarised by the 7Cs:

  • Consumption, cost, carbon reduction
  • Compliance (including ESOS)
  • Competitiveness
  • Competence demonstration
  • Continuity when key staff change roles
  • Continual improvement
  • Culture change in saving energy
We were very impressed with John Mulholland’s experience and application of knowledge when he visited us to undertake an independent review of our energy management system. He presented us with a comprehensive report, with excellent recommendations, a number of which we will embed into our business going forward. There was an element of learning and discovery on both sides and it was a welcomingly refreshing experience to work with a consultant who really understood our requirements and strived, successfully, to deliver a first class service and quality advice.Environmental Manager, Global law firm, London, March 2017
Ibstock’s motivation for implementing ISO 50001 was to make better use of the energy we consume and achieve consistency in production processes through our people.

We are extremely proud of what the ISO 50001 process has achieved as it has given us a clear road map, effective communication tools, supportive external partnerships and, above all, employee involvement at all levels. Michael McGowan, Quality, Environmental and Energy Manager, Ibstock Brick

What are the 5 steps to certification?

The steps are:

  1. Gap Assessment
  2. EnMS Building
  3. EnMS Population
  4. EnMS Operation
  5. Certification (Stages 1 and 2)

The certification needs to be conducted by an accredited Certification Body to ISO 50003:2014.

How can I help?

I am experienced in:

  • Gap Assessment
  • Building EnMS
  • Helping bridge the gap to compliance in energy management practices
  • Producing EnMS documentation and conducting EnMS internal audits
  • Supporting Management Reviews
  • Delivering ISO 50001/EnMS training
  • Producing EnMS/energy competency awareness programmes

ISO 50001 for Industry in Nigeria

Working on behalf of GFA Consulting Group, Hamburg and the Government of Nigeria and funded by the EU and the Federal Government of Germany, I designed a strategy for the promotion of ISO 50001 to the industrial sector in Nigeria.

A major part of the work involved writing management guidance document, a 100 page ISO 50001 practitioner guide and promotional materials including case studies of the two industrial companies who were the first to gain ISO 50001 certification in Nigeria.

Eur Ing John Mulholland BScTech (Hons) CEng CSci MIChemE MEI is an experienced ISO 50001 practitioner and trained ISO 50001 Lead Auditor. He has been involved in Energy Management System (EnMS) design since the release of the Irish Standard, IS393: 2005. He has designed EnMS to ISO 50001: 2011 across a number of sectors.

Working with a German consultancy he has helped to introduce ISO 50001 to industry in Nigeria on behalf of the Nigerian Government. Since 2011 he has designed and delivered over 100 workshops/seminars on EnMS and ISO 50001.

Download the paper: People Aspects of ISO 50001

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