ISO 50001:2018 is an international standard for energy management systems. It provides a framework for organizations to follow in order to improve their energy performance, reduce energy consumption, and save money. The standard was first published in 2011 and was revised in 2018 to incorporate changes and updates.
Some of the key changes and updates in ISO 50001:2018 include:
- Alignment with the High Level Structure (HLS): ISO 50001:2018 has been aligned with the HLS, which is a common structure used by all ISO management system standards. This alignment makes it easier for organizations to integrate their energy management system with other management systems, such as those for quality or environment.
- Increased emphasis on leadership: ISO 50001:2018 places a greater emphasis on leadership and the role of top management in driving energy performance improvement. It requires organizations to establish an energy policy and to set energy targets and objectives.
- Improved alignment with other standards: ISO 50001:2018 has been improved to align better with other standards, such as ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety). This alignment makes it easier for organizations to integrate their energy management system with other systems.
- Greater emphasis on risk management: ISO 50001:2018 includes new requirements for risk management, including the identification and assessment of energy-related risks and opportunities.
Overall, the updates and changes in ISO 50001:2018 are aimed at making the standard more flexible and easier to use, and at improving the energy performance of organizations.