Organizations are recognizing the importance of efficient energy management for reducing costs and minimizing environmental impact. To address this, the International Organization for Standardization has introduced ISO 50001, an international standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS).
ISO 50001 is designed to assist organizations across all sectors in improving their energy usage through the development of an EnMS. The standard follows a model of continual improvement, allowing organizations to integrate energy management with their broader quality and environmental management efforts. ISO 50001 aims to help organizations systematically reduce negative environmental impacts and achieve ongoing improvements in energy performance, efficiency, and conservation.
Learn more about the Advantages of ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification.
Check Out the International Companies with ISO 50001 Certification
UK and US
DS Smith, a London-based sustainable fiber-based packaging provider, announced last July that its paper mill in Riceboro, Georgia was recognized as an industry leader in energy efficiency by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The Riceboro mill is the first facility in North America’s pulp, paper, and paper products industry to receive ISO 50001 certification. DS Smith is one of only 145 sites in the United States to have achieved this certification since the ISO program’s inception in 2012. As of the latest ISO survey, 260 companies globally in the pulp, paper, and paper products sector have been certified.
Tyco Retail Solutions announced that its Tyco International de Mexico manufacturing facility in Matamoros, Mexico, has achieved ISO 50001:2011 certification for its energy management system, making it the first facility in Matamoros to receive this certification. The facility in Tamaulipas, Mexico, produces anti-theft, security, and fire protection products for global retailers. It was constructed using recycled materials and includes solar roof panels for LED lighting, water-efficient devices, and a thermal reflective coating. The energy management system has led to a 47% improvement in energy efficiency over 2.5 years, and the facility’s 1,400+ employees are highly committed to the energy policy.
Sensori Facilities Management
Sensori Facilities Management, a leading hard services facilities management specialist in Ireland, has achieved quadruple certification to international standards, including ISO 9001:2015 (quality management), ISO 14001:2015 (environmental management), ISO 45001:2018 (occupational health and safety management), and ISO 50001:2018 for energy management.
The company operates throughout the country with regional locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Shannon, providing ongoing services via on-site teams and mobile technicians. With the ISO 50001 certification, the company aims to continuously improve energy performance, including consumption, use, and efficiency, by providing a structured approach to identifying energy efficiencies, enhancing environmental performance, protecting the climate, and reducing CO2 emissions.
The first integrated telecommunications operator in Egypt, has been awarded the ISO 50001:2018 certification for Energy Management Systems by QSI Certification & Inspection, a member of the IAF. The certification covers mobile and fixed service provision, network and mobile tower maintenance, and other telecom services. It confirms the company’s commitment to energy management practices and its systematic approach to improving energy performance in its daily operations. Orange Egypt has implemented nearly 400 stations that use solar energy or advanced lithium batteries to reduce reliance on conventional generators as part of its environmental strategy. The company’s strategy includes deploying stations with clean and renewable energy technologies to reduce emissions, combat climate change, and promote efficiency and recycling in its network operations.
This leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) has renewed its ISO 27001 certification and obtained ISO 27017 and ISO 37001 certifications. The company is also certified in ISO 14001, ISO 22301, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, and ISO 9001 for environmental management, business continuity, occupational health and safety, energy management, and quality management.
Swisstek Aluminium, a leading aluminum profile manufacturer in Sri Lanka, was awarded the ISO 50001:2018 certification for its Energy Management System (EnMS) by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute, becoming the first company in the industry to achieve this distinction. The company has made substantial investments in sustainable energy management, including the recent implementation of a solar energy system with 3,340 photovoltaic panels. Swisstek Aluminium is committed to maintaining its focus on sustainability and expects to see ongoing benefits from these efforts in the future.
Sumitomo Tire Factories
Turkey, China, Brazil
Most recently, a Turkish subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries in received ISO 50001:2018 certification for its energy management system. The company’s facility in Çankırı Province is the third Sumitomo Rubber Industries factory to achieve ISO 50001 certification, following factories in China and Brazil. The ISO 50001 standard, released in 2011, focuses on energy management systems that aim for continuous improvement in energy performance through a systematic approach to energy management.
Other Efforts to Leverage Energy Management Certification
50001 Ready Program in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready program acknowledges facilities and organizations that implement an energy management system based on ISO 50001 standards. The program offers a cost-free, self-paced approach for organizations to establish a culture of systematic energy improvement, leading to lasting energy savings without the need for external audits or certifications. The 50001 Ready program collaborates with utilities and other entities to assist and promote the implementation of 50001 Ready energy management systems.
National Funding for Energy-Efficient Building Initiatives in Canada
Through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the Canadian government has accepted proposals for financial support for building projects that comply with enhanced energy efficiency standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative is part of the NRCan ISO 50001 program for commercial and institutional buildings, which aligns with the ISO 50001 energy efficiency standard established by ISO. Funding is expected to cover eligible expenses such as feasibility studies, ISO 50001 compliance, and certification, as well as license fees, data purchases, equipment rental, training-related travel, and more. For-profit organizations will receive up to 60% reimbursement of eligible costs, while non-profits will get up to 75%, with a cap of $40,000 per building and a maximum contribution of $200,000 per organization or group of affiliates per fiscal year.
What types of organizations should seek ISO 50001 energy management certification?
ISO 50001 energy management certification is applicable to organizations of all types, sizes, and sectors. These are some of the most likely types of organizations to seek ISO 50001 certification.
- Industrial and Manufacturing Companies: Organizations involved in manufacturing, processing, and industrial operations often have significant energy consumption and can benefit from implementing an energy management system to optimize energy use and reduce costs.
- Commercial Businesses: Retail stores, office buildings, hotels, and other commercial establishments can use ISO 50001 to manage and reduce their energy consumption, leading to cost savings and a reduced environmental footprint.
- Public Sector and Government Entities: Government buildings, public facilities, and other public sector organizations can use ISO 50001 to improve energy efficiency and demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship.
- Educational Institutions: Schools, universities, and other educational institutions can use ISO 50001 to manage energy consumption on their campuses and promote sustainability.
- Healthcare Facilities: Hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities often have high energy demands. An energy management system can help healthcare facilities optimize energy use and reduce costs.
- Utilities and Energy Providers: Energy companies and utilities can use ISO 50001 to optimize their own energy consumption and demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices.
It’s important to note that ISO 50001 is a flexible standard that can be adapted to each organization’s specific needs and circumstances. Therefore, any organization that consumes energy and is interested in improving its energy performance, reducing energy costs, and minimizing its environmental impact can benefit from seeking ISO 50001 certification.
Get Started with ISO 50001 Certification
The auditors at I.S. Partners are skilled in guiding organizations toward achieving ISO 50001 certification. Through our internal audits, we offer essential insights that enable companies to pinpoint areas that require enhancement. Additionally, we conduct final audits as part of the certification process. To learn more about energy management certification, please reach out to our team. Learn more about our ISO 50001 certification advisory services.