May 18, 2012
-- Back in June 2011, the International Organisation for Standardisation announced its newest standard, ISO 50001 for energy management.
ISO is made up of representatives from 163 different countries who work to develop and publish standards for a range of industries worldwide.
Previously, BS EN 16001 was the nationally recognised standard for energy management, but ISO 50001 will potentially replace it as it provides a more robust framework from which to work as requirements for energy management change. It will also work on the plan, do, check, act process that other ISO certifications do which will enable the certification to better integrate with other standards already achieved.
Companies can still choose to achieve BS EN 16001 over ISO 50001 as no changeover date has been announced and those who have only recently achieved the standard should not be worried about changing over just yet as there will be an 18 month transitional period should an official changeover be announced.
Peter Gamble, Managing Director of QMS International plc says, “At QMS we have developed an easy to implement process for organisations looking to changeover from BS EN 16001. While we will still be offering the old standard to clients that request it, but we would highly recommend that they choose ISO 50001 instead in preparation for the changeover.”
While it is still unknown when the changeover will occur, it is believed that the European Centre for Standardisation (CEN) will vote to formally adopt ISO 50001 as the official standard for energy management some point this year. In this instance, BS EN 16001 will be removed from publication.
To find out more information about BS EN 16001, ISO 50001 or QMS International, visit http://www.qmsuk.com/iso-50001.php