What is the history of the ISO 50001?

The system is modeled after the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Eccleston describes the procedural details of the ISO Energy Management System (EnMS) and compares its procedures with those of the ISO 14001 EMS.

  • In March 2007, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted the first meeting proposing an energy management standard. The ISO Secretariat accepted the UNIDO request.
  • UNIDO initiated a program to foster coordination among various nations to develop an international standard. The preparatory meeting was in Beijing in April 2008.
  • PC 242 was created to guide the development of ISO 50001.
  • 53 participating nations worldwide
  • Four-nation leadership: U.S., China, Brazil, U.K. UNIDO has liaison status.

First ISO 50001 TC

First ISO 50001 Technical CommitteeSince its beginning, ISO has identified energy management as one of the top five fields for development of International Standards.

The Department of Energy (DoE) and US CEEM contributed to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group.  This helped to ensure that ISO 50001 kept the focus on process and data-driven energy efficiency and stakeholder/management support.

In 2011, the ISO Secretary General Rob Steele said, “Energy is no longer a technical issue but a management issue with an impact on the bottom line, and the time to address the issue is now.”  Today, organizations around the world have a method and guidance to optimize energy use technically and using a management perspective.