NREL Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of ISO 50001

Michelle Slovensky, Suzanne Belmont

    Research output: NRELManagement


    Organizations typically seek certifications to communicate proficiency in a specific area of expertise for internal and external audiences. Substantiation of these claims can be attained through a rigorous third-party audit review. Preparation for any certification program can seem formidable so it is critical organizations identify expectations and the perceived value they forecast to receive. In the spring of 2015, NREL embarked on a path to obtain ISO 50001:2011 certification in energy management systems. This standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system, whose purpose is to enable an organization to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy security, energy use and consumption (1). NREL successfully completed Stage 1 and 2 audits in April of 2017. Certification was awarded by the accredited registrar on May 22, 2017.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages24
    StatePublished - 2019

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/MP-3500-73586


    • energy management systems
    • energy performance
    • ISO 50001 certification


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