Back in June, ISO 50001, the international standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS), became the latest standard to enter the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) revisions process.
On 2 August, ISO 50001 was issued at CD2 (Committee Draft 2) which means that as a Committee Draft, members of ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 242 - which has recently become TC 301 - will now circulate the draft and must collate and return comments to ISO by 26 September 2016.
“Through our membership of the Independent International Organisation for Certification (IIOC), LRQA is the liaison member on the committee responsible for revising the standard,” said Judith Turner, one of LRQA’s leading energy and environmental specialists and the representative for LRQA on the technical committee. “I can confirm that CD2 has been circulated amongst IIOC members, and the review of comments received back will start on the 1 October.”
Established to help organisations develop and establish systems to improve their energy performance including energy efficiency improvements, energy consumption reductions and cost and in turn lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, over 7000 organisations globally had already achieved certification against ISO 50001 by the end of 2014.
Following this latest development, the currently available information indicates that ISO 50001 is likely to be published in January 2019 and in line with other ISO standards that have been or are being revised, ISO 50001 will incorporate the common text and high level structure through Annex SL.
As ISO 50001 progresses, we will keep you up to date. Through our extensive range of training and assessment services, LRQA is helping organisations worldwide to migrate and transition to the new and revised ISO standards.