The 7 steps to successfully implementing ISO 50001

In a world where sustainability is increasingly important, implementing ISO 50001 is a strategic move to improve your energy performance while saving costs.

Since January 2023, Sensorfact’s energy management system has been formally accredited by ISO to provide all the necessary functionality for companies wishing to implement ISO 50001. Therefore, we understand better than anyone else the issues you face when seeking ISO 50001 certification. In this blog, we discuss the benefits and criteria of ISO 50001, and provide you with a practical roadmap.


What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 certification is an internationally recognized standard specifically focused on energy management. It gives manufacturers a handle on how to improve energy performance and reduce their carbon footprint.

This certification emphasizes a systematic approach to energy management, using a continuous improvement cycle to reduce energy waste and lower operational costs. With ISO 50001 certification, you as a manufacturer can prove to customers that you actually prioritize sustainability. In addition, ISO 50001 certification also has numerous benefits for your business.

Benefits of ISO 50001

Saving on energy costs

One of the most tangible benefits of ISO 50001 is the ability to save significantly on energy costs. By identifying and eliminating energy waste, you can save significantly on costs, thereby increasing your profitability.

No mandatory EED audit

If you have less than 250 employees or a turnover of less than 50 million euros, avoid the mandatory EED audit by implementing ISO 50001. This not only saves you costs, but also a lot of time and administrative effort.

Compliance with laws and regulations

ISO 50001 certification makes it easier to comply with regulations related to energy efficiency and documentation thereof. This reduces your risk of fines and legal problems.

Responsible manufacturing

ISO 50001 encourages your company to proactively take responsibility for its environmental impact. By continuing to improve your energy efficiency, you contribute to a better world and attract customers who enjoy working with sustainable partners.

Adventages of ISO 50001

Requirements of ISO 50001

To implement ISO 50001, there are some requirements you should meet. First of all, you must have a continuous desire to improve your energy performance. This means that your efforts are not limited to a one-time action, but that you continue to seek opportunities to optimize your energy efficiency.

In addition, you should prepare a detailed energy balance sheet that identifies the energy consumption of your processes and facilities. This energy balance forms the basis for your energy management strategy. Baselines and energy KPIs (key performance indicators) are also based on this balance sheet. These baselines act as benchmarks that allow you to measure and improve energy performance, while the KPIs allow you to track the progress of your energy goals.

Finally, when implementing new processes, facilities or equipment, you must be able to demonstrate how they contribute to energy savings. This ensures that only investments are made that have a positive impact on energy performance.

Easily implement ISO 50001 with Sensorfact

Sensorfact’s energy management system (EMS) makes obtaining ISO 50001 certification much easier for you. We help you easily collect data of your consumption at the machine level, so you can easily establish an energy balance, set baselines or set KPIs. This saves an enormous amount of time in the ISO 50001 process.

Establishing energy balance

Through the use of real-time data, our EMS provides the ability to produce an accurate and detailed energy balance sheet. This not only provides a snapshot of your current energy use, but at the same time is a starting point for your energy management strategy. By understanding your consumption and savings opportunities, you can take targeted steps to optimize energy efficiency.

Fix baselines

Baselines are reference points by which you can measure your progress. Our EMS supports you in establishing these baselines for your energy consumption. This allows you to make concrete comparisons between your current performance and the goals you are working toward. This allows you to better assess what steps are needed to achieve these goals.

Defining energy KPIs

KPIs are used to measure the extent to which your efforts actually contribute to improvements. Using Sensorfact’s EMS, you can define measurable energy KPIs. By tracking these KPIs, you gain insight into how effective your efforts are and whether anything in the strategy needs to be adjusted.

Roadmap: The 7 Steps to ISO 50001 Certification

1. Install Sensorfact’s EMS for real-time insight into energy consumption

Getting started with our EMS is very simple: you are sent sensors that you can attach to your machines without downtime. Via a bridge, data is then transmitted to your online dashboard, where you can see the consumption per machine. You can take measurements for electricity, gas, water and compressed air.

2. Collect at least 6 months of data on energy consumption

For a minimum of 6 months, data is collected by the EMS. This happens automatically and you do not have to do anything yourself. This data forms the basis for the baseline measurement.

3. Contact certification body

With the data collected, you can take the first steps toward certification. Contact an accredited company that provides ISO 50001 certification. This body will provide you with valuable guidance and support throughout the certification process. We can help you find a reliable ISO 50001 certification body.

4. Conduct a baseline measurement

A comprehensive baseline measurement is not just a formality to achieve certification, but an opportunity to improve your energy performance. A baseline measurement examines current energy performance, which provides a basis for a strategic improvement plan.

5. Optimize energy performance or start the certification process

With the results of the baseline measurement, you can make the choice to improve performance, or initiate the certification process. If you already meet the standards then you can start the certification process immediately.

If you are not yet in compliance, now is the time to improve your performance. Now that 6 months of data has been collected on your energy consumption, an energy consultant from Sensorfact can advise on possible savings for your plant. These savings are always easy to achieve and based on your personal situation.

6. Leverage feedback from the certification body

Working with the certification body will provide you with valuable feedback that you can use to make improvements. By following the recommendations, you can improve your plant’s energy performance, leading not only to sustainable operations but often to cost savings.

7. Obtain your ISO 50001 certification

After you have completed these steps and your plant meets the requirements, you can apply for ISO 50001 certification. This also strengthens your image as a company that values sustainability and responsible energy management.

At Sensorfact, we are happy to support you in achieving ISO 50001 certification. Request a free demo so we can show you how to easily collect machine-level consumption data, and the approximate savings you can expect.

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