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About the 50001 Ready Navigator

Managing energy use in any facility is a team effort, and the 50001 Ready Navigator is an online guide that can assist you in putting an energy management system in place. The Navigator has been developed by DOE to align with the structure and requirements of ISO 50001, to ensure that you are instituting and maintaining your EnMS to the best practices of the global standard.

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Guide: Getting Started with the 50001 Ready Navigator

The Navigator is freely available for public use; you do not need to set up an account or pursue a 50001 Ready designation to have full access to guidance and resources within the Navigator. Set up an account to use Navigator to track your progress and invite team members to collaborate on your projects.

Use of the Navigator is required for the 50001 Ready designation and subsequent renewals. The Navigator is not required for ISO 50001 or SEP certification, but still recommended.

Building on the structure of ISO 50001, DOE has outlined 25 tasks with supporting guidance that your team will need to complete in order to implement a 50001 Ready system. The 25 tasks are grouped by the seven sections of the ISO 50001:2018 standard:

  1. Context of the Organization (tasks 1-3)
  2. Leadership (tasks 4-6)
  3. Planning (tasks 7-13)
  4. Support (tasks 14-16)
  5. Operation (tasks 17-19)
  6. Performance Evaluation (tasks 20-23)
  7. Improvement (tasks 24-25)

In the Navigator, you and your team members will note the status of each task – either Not Started (the default setting), In Progress, Ready for Review, or Complete. Once all 25 tasks have been completed and designated as such, your team can upload your 1) self-attestation file and 2) energy performance report, and request DOE recognition directly through the Navigator.

To work through the tasks offline, check out the 50001 Ready Navigator Playbook, a companion resource that offers a repository to organize, save, and track completed documents on a local drive or network. Within the Playbook, users can open, edit, and save forms related to Navigator tasks. Track completed actions by checking boxes in the Playbook's included forms. Forms embedded in the Playbook cover several combined tasks and have been distilled to more simplified versions compared to those embedded in the Navigator. 

Multi-site Features

Organizations with more than one facility using the 50001 Ready Navigator should make use of the tool's multi-site features. The deep and continuing energy savings typically achieved with ISO 50001 become more accessible when multiple sites within a company share a common energy management system (EnMS). Typically, a “central office” provides tools, training, and resources to two or more sites. This approach reduces the effort and cost of implementation at each site, encourages sharing of best practices, and boosts savings. Features include:

  • Dashboard: A main project hub enables the EnMS Lead to manage the wider effort from a virtual “central office,” assign roles, grant access to team members, and facilitate effective two-way communications.
  • Centralized organizational tasks: The Lead can tackle those activities that apply to all sites, such as energy policy, management commitment, and legal requirements. Another big time saver: the tool recommends which tasks are best centralized.
  • Staff time savers: Site representatives need only review products or guidance assigned from the central office, significantly reducing redundant EnMS tasks at each site. For remaining site-level tasks, each site can learn from others to expedite progress.
  • Progress monitoring: The Lead can check progress on all tasks at a glance across all participating sites and see where help may be needed.
  • Standardized procedures: The EnMS system creates a central repository of data, reports, and procedures, which helps all facilities get on the same page. This uniform approach to energy management across facilities streamlines understanding, operations, and training.

Questions about multi-site features? Contact the 50001 Ready Help Desk