Nearly 23,000 organizations around the world have three years to adapt their energy management systems to the requirements included in the latest version of UNE-EN ISO 50001, published last August. It is the most used business energy management tool in the world. Its application has managed to generate to the organizations a systematic saving of between 5% and 30% of the energetic cost, according to a balance made by the International Organization of Normalization.
Among the improvements provided by the new UNE-EN ISO 50001: 2018 Standard, the structural ones stand out. Thus, it adopts the high-level structure (HLS) that allows increasing the alignment of ISO management system standards by providing a common structure, text, terms, and definitions, with the aim of facilitating companies’ integration of different systems management in accordance with the ISO standards that have been implemented. On the other hand, it has a greater impact on continuous improvement, which remains one of the keys of an Energy Management System and is more clearly related to the information derived from the analysis and evaluation of the system.
Other developments involve a greater focus on strategic and tactical business in the process; increase the capacity to expose the improvement of energy performance through the increase of available metrics: energy performance indicator (KPI), reference energy performance indicator or improvement of energy efficiency; to influence data capture (Plan, Analyze and Act) through the planning of the Energy Management System and its energy processes, improvement of energy performance, compliance with legal requirements and other requirements, and achievement of energy objectives; or include Risk-Based Thinking always implicit in ISO 50001.
In short, the new standard maintains, as it could not be otherwise, the spirit of improving the energy efficiency of processes systematically improving business results by identifying precise technical solutions.
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