Getting a grip on your energy with ISO 50001

Last updated: 16th May 2018

Why will ISO 50001 be good for your business? Unlike other standards, ISO 50001 will lead to significant savings, quickly. Why? Because it provides a logical and practical framework that covers all aspects of energy management enabling a co-ordinated and consistent approach that will start to deliver results well before certification is achieved.

Many businesses adopt an ad hoc approach towards managing their energy but to achieve sustainable energy reductions all of these interrelated components need pulling together strategically and operationally.

If you are considering reviewing or creating your organisation’s energy strategy, ISO 50001 is a great practical place to start, even if you are not aiming to achieve certification. If you do attain certification however, this will give you automatic compliance with ESOS the next time around.

As far as the ISOs go, 50001 is generally seen by accreditation practitioners as one of the most sensible, straight forward and least onerous to implement.

Well, that’s all very well if you are a practitioner, but what if you are not an expert – either in energy or management processes, is it something that is within your capability to achieve without sleepless nights and lots of overtime? Can you have a serious energy strategy without it?

If this seems like a daunting task, don’t forget, you don’t have to do this all at once. You can use the building blocks of the standard and implement these progressively starting with the areas that give you the biggest return on investment.

Using these building blocks you can put together your own specific 2-3 year plan that suits your business, which should encompass both technical and behavioural projects.

So, having used the building blocks for ISO 50001 and having developed your energy strategy, why bother with accreditation?

Why not? The chances are you will be well on your way to compliance with the requirements of the standard, which a simple gap analysis will confirm. Having come this far, taking the next step will demonstrate to all your stakeholders that you are a business that takes energy seriously and will also make sure that you stick to your plan and move your projects forward. Your responsible energy staff will also have a focus as well as something to be proud of.

How can JRP ease your journey to certification?

How can JRP ease your journey to certification?

JRP can help you every step of the way, starting with a gap analysis to identify where your organisation falls short. We will then will develop a plan to fill those gaps over a given time period using an ISO 50001 ‘gap tracker’ to monitor progress. Typically, this could include identifying and implementing energy saving projects; developing a practical energy strategy and energy policy; installing sufficient metering to facilitate energy monitoring and targeting (M&T), energy consumption reporting and trend analysis, procurement and, of course, training to promote energy awareness and to effect behavioural change management.

JRP know how to make ISO 50001 work practically to maximise energy and cost savings.

ISO 50001 toolkit

If the thought of managing the additional paperwork is putting you off, JRP have developed a software toolkit to help you manage the whole process. The journey to certification has now been simplified by the use of a new ISO 50001 software toolkit, purpose-designed by JRP for their clients’ use. The toolkit guides users through the stages of the certification process, with details of procedures, requirements, definitions and links to ‘how to’ guides and useful information. It records documented decisions and stores any associated documentation and records all in one place.

What happens once you’ve achieved certification?

The way ISO 50001 works is by installing some key processes and tools and a framework to ensure continuous improvement. If your organisation needs on-going support to achieve this, for example in delivering energy behaviour change training programmes, JRP can provide all the support you need. We also have an energy improvement project management tool, Energy Activator®, a dynamic, user-friendly, web-based project management and reporting tool that enables the capture of energy reduction ideas and facilitates the effective management of a portfolio of energy reduction projects that will significantly improve the cost, environmental and operational performance.

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