ISO 50001: An alternative route to ESOS compliance
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is the world’s largest developer of International Standards. ISO 50001 outlines how a business should develop and maintain an Energy Management System (EnMS) and is known as one of the most cost-effective methods of energy and cost reduction.
ISO 50001 certification will improve your energy efficiency, enhance your sustainability credibility when tendering for contracts, demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to corporate responsibility and could result in monetary benefits. It can also help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet any EU ETS, EPBD and CRC commitments you may have. In addition, accredited sites are exempt from the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) (as long as at least 90% of your total energy use is covered).
Some organisations are considering ISO50001 for ESOS Phase 2 in 2019 to implement a robust energy management system and make future ESOS compliance easier. Although the ISO certification has typically proven more expensive than an ESOS assessment, significant energy savings translate directly to enhanced profits for the certified organisation.