ISO 50001 was developed at the request of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) had recognized the need for an international standard for industry as an effective response to climate change and promoting the proliferation of different national standards for the Energy Management.

ISO 50001 was prepared by the project committee ISO / PC 242, involving local regulatory experts from 44 countries members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Brazilian Associcao Technical Standards (ABNT) with the collaboration of organizations such as UNIDO and the World Energy Council.

This standard has also been inspired by regulations from various countries such as: China, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand, USA and European Community standards.

The presentation of the ISO 50001 standard was performed on June 17, 2011 in the International Conference Centre Geneva (ICCG).


ISO 50001 aims to be a tool for organizations in the public and private sector to increase its energy efficiency, aimed at reducing costs and energy consumption. Also wants to be, a recognized framework for integrating energy efficiency into their management practices. To do this, multinational organizations can have access to a single, harmonized standard for implementation across the organization in a consistent method of continuous improvement in energy management. Main objectives of the standard:

  • help organizations to make better use of the energy consumption,  counting with existing energy assets.
  • Facilitate communication transparency on the management of energy resources.
  • Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy use patterns of running a business.
  • Helping companies to assess and prioritize the implementation of new energy efficiency technologies.
  • Promote energy efficiency throughout the supply chain
  • Promote reduction projects of greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Allow integration with other management systems, such as environment, health and safety.


In common with all ISO standards, the ISO 50001 standard is designed for any organization, regardless of their size, activity or location. ISO 50001 and all ISO standards not sets targets for energy efficiency, but provides a method of Energy Management that establishes a baseline and also a system of continuous improvement. Thus, the application of these standards is done in a way adapted to the pace, ability and context of each company.


ISO 50001 is based on the generic ISO management system model, which  is already a reference to more than a million organizations worldwide which have already implemented systems such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), ISO 22000 (food Safety), ISO / IEC 27001 (information security) etc … In particular, the ISO 50001 methodology is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act process of continuous improvement of the management system of energy, based on Plan-Do-Check – Act: These features are common to most of the ISO Standards, and enables organizations to integrate energy management with quality management, environment, information security etc. ..  ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements that enables organizations to:

  • Developing a policy for a more efficient use of energy
  • Establish goals and objectives to comply with the policy
  • Use data for a better understanding and making decisions of energy use
  • Measure results
  • Review the effectiveness of the policy
  • Continuous improvement of the Energy Management

ISO 50001 standard can be implemented individually or integrated with other management system standards. 

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