Your Top 5 ISO 50001 Questions Answered

Are you considering implementing the globally recognised ISO 50001 energy management system but not sure if it will suit your organisation?  We speak with organisations on a weekly basis about how ISO 50001 can change the way you view energy usage and to become more efficient. Check out our top 5 questions we are regularly asked when an organisation are considering ISO 50001.

How long will It take?

Based on assessments we have carried out, implementing ISO 50001 can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete depending on the size and scale of your organisation, the scope of the standard you wish to achieve and also how involved members and management within the organisation are towards achieving the standard. There is no definite time it takes to implement ISO 50001 TALK TO US.

How difficult is it?

The level of difficulty with regards to implementing ISO 50001 Energy Efficiency certification is subjective to each individual case. The most important objective when it comes to implementing a standard is obtaining management buy-in. Sometimes the most difficult aspect when it comes to ISO 50001 is not the implementation of the standard itself, but rather getting everyone on board with applying the standard and being informed as to what exactly ISO 50001 Energy Efficiency means to the organisation.  Having senior management actively engaging with the standard will mean a better understanding of the standard as a whole throughout the organisation and of course the advantages of having ISO 50001 such as a 10% saving on energy. It also depends on how large the organisation is, the size and scale of the scope you wish to certify. In some cases, organisations choose to implement a smaller scope initially with a view to expanding.

What is the Certification Journey?

This is the journey your organisation will take if they choose to go for certification for ISO 50001. At Certification Europe, we set an 8-step plan which guides you from day one to day of certification.

The Journey:

Step 1: The first step involves our advisory team going through in detail what your organisation requires from ISO 50001.  

Step 2: Obtain a full copy of the relevant ISO 50001 documentation and review the requirements. Once you have assembled a team, develop, and implement your management system based on ISO 50001.

Step 3: Our first official visit will come in the form of a Gap Analysis which will be carried by your designated assessor. A detailed report will be written by the assessor and it will highlight any areas which need to be addressed before the assessment process begins.

Step 4: The actual assessment for certification begins as the assessor will carry out a Stage One Audit. The stage one audit is an analysis of your energy review.  The assessor requires supporting documents such as your energy policy and SEU procedures.  Non-conformities will need to be addressed before being able to proceed to stage two of the assessment.

Step 5: At the Stage Two assessment the assessor will verify data from the energy review and see proof of the management system in operation. If the assessor is satisfied that your organisation if fully compliant with ISO 50001 with the relevant ISO standard, they will recommend your organisation for certification.

Step 6: Assessor reviews any corrective actions are taken to address finding raised in stage one and two. Then the certification manager will review your file to ensure that the recommendation is made in an impartial, fair, and competent manner.

Step 7:  Once approved by our team your organisation will be presented with a Certification Europe certificate and frame, relevant logos, and an online digitally signed version of your certificate.

Step 8: ISO certifications have a three-year lifecycle after which you will be required to take a mandatory recertification assessment. To ensure your organisation remains compliant to the energy management standard our assessment will carry out Surveillance audits. These audits have proven to be extremely beneficial for organisations who continuously wish to improve their management system.

How much will it cost?

The price of implementing ISO 50001 certification assessments into your organisation can vary depending on numerous factors:

  • The number of sites to be included in the certification.
  • The number of dedicated energy responsible staff.
  • The number of SEUs (Significant Energy User).
  • The number of energy sources (gas, diesel, wind, solar etc.).
  • The complexity of the Energy Management System.
  • The complexity of your own business or organisation.

Taking these factors into account the average price of certification can be anything between €5,000-€20,000

How much will I save?

With regards to savings, typically companies can save up to 10% on energy savings in the first year of implementation while they can also have year on year savings of up to 5%. ISO 50001 is designed to highlight new opportunities to continuously improve which can result in further savings for your organisation.

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Emma Orford
Emma Orford


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