ISO 50001 was created based on existing national and regional energy management standards, after the April 2007 ISO and UNIDO stakeholders meeting, with a structure similar to other ISO management standards based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle.
Keeping in mind that industry is considered the single largest source of GHG emissions, accounting for around one-third of global emissions and one-third of global energy consumption, UNIDO recognized the potential for mitigation of the negative impact of climate change by reducing energy use in the industry sector and increasing energy efficiency. This required a systematic approach within an initial framework that would show the steps towards achieving the desired energy efficiency targets and goals.
As such, in 2011, the first version of ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use was published, differing from the other management standards such as ISO 14001 or ISO 9001 by focusing almost exclusively on energy performance improvement and providing a detailed framework and enabling greater insight into energy efficiency.
ISO 50001 became the basis of the project “Catalyzing market transformation for industrial energy efficiency and accelerate investments in best available practices and technologies in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, through which UNIDO supported several trainings in the area of Energy management systems and Optimization of industry energy systems. The Trainings consisted of both theoretical and practical part, supported through various electronic and written tools, based on best practices and information on international results and experiences.
These trainings produced 42 certified Energy Managers with the main goal of disseminating the acquired knowledge and experience both in their own companies or other enterprises, institutions and facilities, and through it improve energy efficiency in the industry sector, both nationally and globally.
In this subtitle you may find information and training materials regarding the principles of Energy Management Systems and Optimization of industry energy systems.