Managing energy use in any facility is a team effort, and we are pleased you have chosen to use the 50001 Ready Navigator tool to assist you in putting an energy management system in place. Building on the structure of ISO 50001:2018, the United States Department of Energy has outlined 25 tasks with supporting guidance that your team will need to complete in order to implement a 50001 Ready energy management system.
The 25 tasks are grouped by the seven sections of the ISO 50001:2018 standard:
- Context of the Organization (tasks 1-3)
- Leadership (tasks 4-6)
- Planning (tasks 7-13)
- Support (tasks 14-16)
- Operation (tasks 17-19)
- Performance Evaluation (tasks 20-23)
- Improvement (tasks 24-25)
In the Navigator tool, you and your team members can note the status of each task – either Not Started (the default setting), In Progress, Ready for Review, or Complete. Once all 25 tasks have been completed and designated as such in the tool, your team can self-attest to their completion and request DOE recognition for having implemented a 50001 Ready energy management system if the site is located within the United States.
A good first step is to review the full task list to understand the overall scope of the effort, then begin inviting colleagues in your organization to set up Navigator accounts as part of your implementation team. Personnel who may not typically have a day-to-day energy focus, such as those in purchasing, communications, and top management, will need to be involved at various times.
Your team members can be assigned to tasks as Approvers – those with the authority to mark a task as Complete – or Contributors who will work with the Approver to complete a task(s). By default the project creator is assigned as the Approver for all tasks until they designate other team members to fulfill those roles.
While tasks are numbered 1 through 25, they do not have to be completed sequentially and many of them can be worked on in parallel. If you are approaching the 50001 Ready Navigator from an engineering or facilities management background you may want to first focus on the Planning section of the Navigator. If you are from a business management perspective you may want to start with the Context of the Organization or Operation sections.
Depending on how much experience your site has with energy management and the complexity of its operations, implementing your 50001 Ready energy management system may take between 6 and 18 months. It is not a trivial effort, but one that should start paying dividends even during the process as you start to manage your energy use in a more comprehensive way.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good! Just get going and contact the 50001 Ready Help Desk early and often. We are here to help! Congratulations on beginning the journey, and if you have any questions or feedback about this tool please let us know via the Contact Us page.