What is an ISO Standard?


International Standards Organisation

The International Organisation for Standardisation is based in Switzerland and covers many different areas, including;

  • ISO 9001    -  Quality Assurance System (QA)
  • ISO 14001  -  Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • ISO 18001  -  Health & Safety Management System
  • ISO 50001  -  Energy Management System (EnMS)

Do you have or need an ISO Standard?

Any ISO certification is confirmation that your business follows best practise and manages its systems properly, be that Energy, Environment or Quality

Some businesses do need to be certified for very specialised areas, such as manufacturing to a set ISO Standard to be able to sell their product.

Most businesses however do not need formal external verification and accreditation.  It can however help when looking at Legal Compliance.

  • ISO 50001 holders can use that system to comply with ESOS (see Compliance pages)

It is however recommended that your company uses the processes and stages within ISO 50001 to ensure you are following best practise Energy Management.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001, as mentioned, is international best practise for managing your energy usage and carbon emissions.  To hold an ISO 50001 accreditation you need to have certain documents and processes in place, including, but not limited too;

  • An Energy Policy
  • An Energy Saving Opportunity Register
  • Board/Executive Level sponsor for your system
  • A Continual Improvement Process
  • An Energy/Carbon reduction target

All of which is, as mentioned above, just good business practise.

External Accreditation

As with all ISO Standards an external accreditation body will be needed, REM Ltd pride themselves on having worked with and contacts at several of the largest Accreditation bodies

How can REM help you?

Over the past 10 years Dave led the introduction and accreditation of npower Ltd for both ISO 14001 and ISO 50001.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the processes needed, the documents required and the resource and effort needed to start from scratch and to also integrate several accreditation's' and standards into one audit-able suite of processes.

If you already have an ISO 14001 accreditation the implementation of ISO 50001 is a great deal simpler as they both have documents and processes in common.

REM can help look at your current system, provide a gap analysis of what you need in place for ISO 50001 and help integrate with any existing ISO 14001.