Today, the 23rd of August, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) published a new draft revision to ISO 50001. Known as ISO/DIS 50001:2017, it follows the format of Annex SL to provide complete compatibility with all other management standards that the Organisation supports.
What this means for companies seeking to develop and maintain robust management systems is that the same core of risk assessment and control is now applied across the board, whether it be for product or service Quality, the environment, information security or energy management.
In other words, we can come away from compartmentalising management systems according to their discipline and can start to manage the business holistically to avoid risk and maximise profit.
From experience, the risk of any substantive changes between this revision and the final published version is small. Therefore, there is no reason why a company should not start to look at its own management of energy with a view to bringing it into line with the draft standard.