Getting a Head Start on Net Zero with ISO 50001


If your business is seeking to reduce its energy use, increase efficiency and reduce costs, it is essential to do so through an energy management system (EnMS). Implementing and then monitoring and maintaining an EnMS is no simple task. It is therefore essential to follow a set of guidelines specifically designed for this purpose. This is where ISO 50001 accreditation comes in.

The ISO 50001:2018 standard is one of the most widely recognised set of EnMS guidelines available. Getting certified will enable your business to develop energy policies that reduce the amount of energy you use, set energy use targets, increase business efficiency, improve access to and use of data and ultimately reduce costs.

Alfa provides a range of services to support the route to ISO 50001 accreditation.

ISO 50001 gap analysis

Alfa Energy’s consultants begin your ISO 150001 accreditation with a gap analysis to establish what processes are in place and what needs to be done to meet the requirements of the standard.

The gap analysis will cover all the clauses of the ISO 50001 standard, including:

  • Context of the organisation.
  • Energy policy, leadership, roles and responsibilities.
  • Risks and opportunities.
  • An energy review (including significant uses and variables affecting consumption, energy performance indicators (EnPIs) and energy baseline).
  • Actions to deliver energy objectives.
  • Internal audits and performance evaluation.

In addition, the analysis considers whether the organisation’s significant energy consumption (in buildings, processes and transport) are covered. This is required by the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK. This is important as many ISO 50001 systems tend to exclude transport.

Accreditation process

Once the gaps are clearly understood, we work with clients to create and document a bespoke EnMS. Our consultants will assist with implementation of the processes described in the new EnMS in line with ISO 50001.

Alfa Energy’s consultants will also assist you with energy audits and internal audits of your ISO 50001 procedure. This work prepares you for the final visit by an independent auditor who will verify that your EnMS is being implemented correctly. Once this is confirmed, the independent auditor will recommend that your business is ISO 50001 accredited.

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Alfa Energy Group

Alfa Energy Group, an Edison Energy company, is an international energy, sustainability and technology consultant partner with 250 employees over 3 international locations. For over 25 years, Alfa has been servicing its clients’ needs through energy and water management, sustainability, and compliance consulting, and an intuitive ecosystem of user-driven energy, water, and carbon management software platforms. With coveted awards, an international industry-wide recognition, and clever simple solutions, today Alfa is partnering with clients to establish and deliver pivotal net zero strategies. Through smart energy management, the expertise and diligence of its people, transparent processes, and data management, Alfa continues to lead through its recognised gold standard of service delivery.