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ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems

ISO 50001 helps organisations reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and energy costs.

More than ever, industry is recognising that the management of energy is not only crucial to the environment as a whole, but crucial to the sustainability of their business. The Standard enables organisations to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, use and consumption.

Key Benefits

Improve Energy Performance

Reduce energy costs by improving energy use, consumption, intensity and efficiency.

Meet Compliance Requirements

Demonstrate your commitment to meeting carbon emission and climate change mandates.

Sustainable Energy Practices

Align with global best practice to improve management of operational processes, reducing GHG emissions and resource waste.  

What Is It?

ISO 50001:2018 brings a systematic approach to planning, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system.

Organisations of all types, from small family businesses to large corporations and government institutions, can benefit from energy and cost efficiencies.ISO 50001:2018 has been updated to follow the same structure, Annex-SL, as other ISO management systems Standards, allowing it to easily integrate with existing quality and environmental management systems.The purpose of this standard is to continually improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use and energy consumption.

ISO 50001 describes a systematic approach to enable organisations to continually improve energy performance and energy management.

Context of the Organisation

The organisation must understand the internal and external issues that can affect, either positive or negative, energy performance and the energy management system.


To ensure success, top management must demonstrate their commitment to the management system and develop an energy policy that the organisation must follow.


Planning must address the organisations risks and opportunities based off its context, desired energy outputs and targets and the measures needed to monitor and achieve these objectives.


The organisation must support the management systems with the right people, skills, technology, data infrastructure and financial resources.


The organisations processes should be planned, implemented and controlled, ensuring facilities, equipment and systems are designed with the goal of improvement.

Performance Evaluation

The organisation must be able to demonstrate and verify that it has achieved its energy performance targets and objectives through internal audits and management reviews.


The organisation must implement an energy performance improvement process and correct nonconforming processes.

Next Steps

We can help your organisation to implement or optimise ISO 50001.

  • Contact SAI Global to discuss requirements, timeframes and costs
  • Perform an optional pre-assessment
  • Perform a gap analysis
    • Undertake a Stage 1 audit
    • Complete a detailed Stage 2 audit
    • Upon successful certification, display the ‘Five Ticks’ StandardsMark™
      • Conduct annual Surveillance Audits
      • Recertify to ISO 50001 every three years
      • Establish a continual improvement culture
        • Market for brand and promotional benefits
        • Optimise commercial teams
        • Ensure shareholder and stakeholder awareness