Implementing the ISO 50001 System: A Critical Review

  • Alexander YurievEmail author
  • Olivier Boiral
Part of the Measuring Operations Performance book series (MEOP)


Published in 2011, the ISO 50001 system on energy management has since become one of the fastest-growing ISO management standards. However, its efficacy, implementation and integration within enterprises have been overlooked in the literature. The aim of this chapter is to analyze the relevance of the ISO 50001 standard to reducing energy consumption, and identify its limitations, advantages, and possible weaknesses. Based on a review of the existing literature on ISO management standards and energy management, it appears that ISO 50001 has inherited advantages and limitations similar to other ISO management systems. This chapter can help researchers and managers to analyze the expected outcomes and success factors of ISO 50001. It also sheds more light on its impact on existing energy-related policies.


Energy management ISO 50001 Energy conservation Energy management system Environmental management system 


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  1. 1.Department of Management, Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversite Laval, Pavillon Palasis-PrinceQuebecCanada

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