ISO 50001 (EnMS)

Energy Management

Reduce your energy use, boost business efficiency and cut costs.

The ISO 50001 energy management system will help your business establish industry best practices in energy efficiency. By improving performance and reducing consumption, you will save money, help protect the environment and enhance your brand’s green credentials. This can give you a distinct competitive advantage because the ISO 50001 certificate clearly demonstrates to customers and other stakeholders that your business is committed to reducing its environmental impact.

What is ISO 50001? 

The ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems (EnMS) can help your organisation improve its energy efficiency.

As well as saving you money by reducing energy consumption, it will also help you reduce your carbon footprint. This in turn can enhance your brand with customers, employees and other stakeholders.

The ISO 50001 standard can help your business improve its business processes, use resources more efficiently and save money by cutting your energy consumption and carbon emissions. The standard is suitable for all businesses in the private and public sector from sole traders to multinational organisations.

The Benefits of ISO 50001

Here are some benefits of using the ISO 50001 framework: 

  1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions: this standard will help you meet energy efficiency targets (voluntary or mandatory) and comply with legislation to reduce your carbon footprint
  2. Increase cost savings: by using the standard’s structured approach to managing your energy consumption you can reduce your energy costs
  3. Improve understanding of equipment: by integrating your energy management system with other management systems you’ll gain additional insights into your energy use
  4. Better decisions: the ISO 50001 framework helps you gather accurate data on energy use, so you can design more efficient systems and processes for your business
  5. Secure energy supplies: by identifying your exposure to energy supply risks, ISO 50001 helps you take steps to reduce them
  6. Increase energy awareness: implementing ISO 50001 will help you communicate your energy efficiency policies more effectively to employees
  7. Get it right first time: the ISO 50001 structured framework will help your employees implement energy saving processes effectively
  8. Enhance your brand: achieving ISO 50001 certification will show your commitment to corporate social responsibility and enhance your image and credibility with customers and other stakeholders 
  9. Improve operational efficiencies: the ISO 50001 framework will help you develop efficient maintenance practices that reduce energy consumption.

ISO 50001 delivers immediate benefits and long-term savings. By showing where you are wasting energy, it can help you start saving money from day one with improved energy efficiency. Over time, this can enhance your brand reputation and open up new business opportunities as renewable energy technology develops.

How much does ISO 50001 cost?

The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your business sector, your annual turnover, and the number of employees you have. We will also need to know if you require any special industry accreditation (such as from the ASCB or UKAS).

However, QMS is committed to providing you with a cost-effective route to ISO 50001 certification. That’s why we focus on making certification simple and straightforward. By spending less time creating complex document trails and more time building a system that works for your business, we can save you money.

To find out how affordable ISO 50001 certification really is, just use our Fee Calculator and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.

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The Requirements of ISO 50001

The ISO 50001 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas:

  1. Energy management - the processes your business must follow to identify, monitor and reduce energy usage. Unlike the other sections, not all areas will be applicable to your business
  2. Management Responsibility - the areas your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for
  3. Resource Management - how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance
  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement - how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 50001:2018?

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What is ISO 50001:2011?

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How can QMS help your Business?

The QMS process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

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How businesses have benefited from ISO 50001?

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    Excellent first stage

    Excellent service so far. We were a bit unsure of what to expect from the initial meeting but [the Consultant] put us at ease and explained clearly how things would progress.
    Adam Ratcliffe, Managing Director. All Pest Services (Scotland) Ltd

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    A truly awesome service

    From the initial consultation through to certification, the services has been nothing short of outstanding. The Stage 2 presentation brought together the pieces developed through the consultation, and provided a clearly delivered evaluation of both QMS' and our actions. Our integrated manual and online portal was clearly presented and well explained. Overall, an absolutely top service with awesome assistance and guidance throughout. A big thank you.
    Andrew Parker, Managing Director. Manx International Associates Limited

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How can I get ISO 50001 Certification?

Our expert consultants will make the process of gaining ISO 50001 as straightforward as possible for you. This includes helping your business make any necessary improvements to its processes.

Our 3-stage certification process ensures you get the help you need at every step. We can even create your Energy Management System Manual for you, saving you time and money.

Once you have achieved certification you will need to pass an audit each year. This is to ensure your business continues to control its energy consumption. Your first audit will be one year after you receive your ISO 50001 certificate.

Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

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ISO 50001 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    General downloads

    Standard Overview: ISO 50001

    Overview of the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard

    Understanding the Basics of ISO 50001

    ISO 50001 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    General downloads

    Checklist for ISO 50001:2018 implementation

    Understand what ISO 50001:2018 requires from your business

    ISO 50001 downloads

Latest ISO 50001 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 50001 works.

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