The new ISO 50001 published
In August 2018 ISO did publish the new version of ISO 50001 the reference standard for energy management systems. This new edition of ISO 50001 replaces the one published in 2011.
Among the most relevant changes of this new edition:
- ISO 50001:2018 uses the same HLS (High Level Structure) as other recently published management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001) thus facilitating the implementation of an integrated management system;
- new requirements for the context of the organization and identification of needs and expectations of interested parties;
- the standard requires top management to be actively involved and demonstrate leadership with regards to the energy management system;
- risks and opportunities that can impact (negatively or positively) the energy management system are to be identified and addressed.
If you are familiar with the 2011 version of ISO 50001 you will notice that most requirements of the previous version are present in ISO 50001:2018.
An organization with an effective EnMS according to ISO 50001:2011 will have little difficulties in moving to this new version of the standard.
There is a transition period of three years for organizations certified to ISO 50001:2011 until August 2021.
ISO 50001:2018 is available on ISO website.