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What is 50001?

ISO (International Organization for Standardization)

ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization that brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market-relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges. For more information about the organization, click here.


ISO 50001

ISO 50001 is an energy management system standard designed to support organizations in all sectors and provide a practical way to improve energy use. The standard gives organizations a recognized framework for developing an effective energy management system. Like other ISO management system standards, it follows the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” process for continual improvement.

ISO 50001 provides a set of requirements that enable organizations to: 

  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet that policy
  • Gather data to better understand and make decisions concerning energy use
  • Measure the results obtained
  • Review the effectiveness of the policy
  • Continually improve energy management