#ENERGY4.0: Energy Management Standard, ISO 50001:2018

Posted on: December 13th, 2019  /  By:  /  Posted in: #ENERGY4.0, #QUALiTYViVA, Certification, EnMS, industry4.0, ISO, ISO50001, ISOTerms, Uncategorized  /  Comment: 0

ISO 50001:2018: Energy Management Systems – “Requirements with Guidance for Use” is an International Energy management system, first published in 2011 and this ISO50001:2018 is a new edition.

The new edition is as per High Level Structure and aligned with ISO management systems such as ISO 14000, Environmental Management system  and ISO 9001, Quality Management System, this helps in integration with other management systems.

The author have opinion that , this new edition of ISO 50001:2018 is to be considered as ENERGY 4.0 in lined with Industry 4.0, IOT and AI. The reason behind to use term ENERGY 4.0 is that, this Energy management System, ISO 50001:2018 answer to the requirement of fourth industrial revolution, as there is more emphasis on Greenhouse Gases, Climate Control, Carbon Footprint and this could be achieve through Sustainable Energy Management (SEM) by use of renewable Energy by using solar energy, reduce emission of greenhouse gases and low carbon manufacturing.

Let us understand EnMS with its Time line, Key Changes, major differences and its structure.

The Time Line

  1. August 21, 2018 — Current revision published
  2. August 19, 2021 — The certificates issued to the old standard, ISO50001:2011 will expire.
  3. February 19, 2020 — Audits to the old standard can only be conducted until

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a three-year transition period to switch to ISO 50001:2018 for organizations currently using ISO 50001:2011.

Key Changes

The key changes can be classified as:

  1. Alignment of ISO 50001:2018 with High Level Structure and
  2. Changes Pertaining to Energy management
  1. Alignment of ISO 50001:2018 with High Level Structure
  1. Understanding the organization and its context (4.1) 
  2. Systematic determination of the needs and expectations of interested parties (4.2)
  3. Strengthened emphasis on leadership and top management commitment 
  4. Risk and opportunity management  
  5. Competence (7.2) 
  6. Extended requirements related to communications (7.4) 
  7. Operational planning and control (8.1)
  8. Monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation of energy performance and the EnMS (9.1) 
  9. Management review (9.3) 

2. Changes Pertaining to Energy management

  1. The Scope (4.3)
  2. Energy review (6.3)
  3. Energy performance indicators (6.4)
  4. Energy baseline (6.5)
  5. Planning for collection of energy data (6.6)  

The Major differences in ISO 50001:2011 and ISO 50001:2018

  1. Terms like Documents & Records, Energy Manager, are replaced by Documented Information, Energy management team respectively.
  2. Term Preventive action, is not part of ISO 50001:2018.
  3. More emphases given on Leadership, Opportunity and Risk in ISO 50001:2018, whereas these are not part of ISO 50001:2011.

Structure of ISO 50001:2018

The structure of ISO 50001:2018 follows the high level structure, which is applicable to all new and revised ISO management system standards like ISO 9001, ISO 14000 and others.

  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. Context of the Organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance Evaluation
  10. Improvement

Lastly, in bigger perspective, implementation of latest edition of Energy management System, ISO 50001:2018 will be a way forward to emphasis on Paris Agreement.

The exact commitment of the Paris agreement is,

“Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 0 c above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 0 c above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change”.