BM TRADA gains UKAS accreditation for energy management standard

Posted on 27/05/2014

BM TRADA has extended its accreditation scope to include energy management systems certification following a successful pilot scheme with UKAS.

ISO-50001-Accreditation-300x200.jpgThe global certification body were part of a pilot accreditation programme run in conjunction with UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) for the new ISO 50001:2011 energy management systems standard. UKAS is the sole national accreditation body recognised by government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services.

Accreditation by UKAS means that that BM TRADA has demonstrated the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. With accreditation now in place, BM TRADA is approved to offer accredited ISO 50001 certification to businesses around the world wishing to improve energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.These include industry sectors which have heavy energy usage, such as transport, process industries including food production and manufacturers, public sector organisations hospitals, schools and local authority buildings, energy companies and construction firms.

According to Tom Johnston, Chief Operating Officer of Central Certification Services at BM TRADA, rising energy costs and increasing regulatory pressure to reduce carbon emissions are making the need for effective energy management a priority for all organisations.

He said: ““In conjunction with UKAS, BM TRADA has successfully demonstrated competence to offer ISO 5001 certification across the full scope of business sectors and industries and we are already helping heavy energy companies achieve certification.

“The new standard is easy to implement, is designed to cause minimal disruption and integrates with other management systems such as ISO 14001 environmental management systems.

“Whether you are a sole trader or a multinational organisation in the public or private sector, ISO 50001 certification can be of real benefit, helping to protect against future energy price hikes and lowering a firm's energy consumption and carbon footprint.”

Despite being relatively new to the market, ISO 50001 certification is rapidly becoming one of the most popular standards. According to a survey by ISO, the number of ISO 50001 certificates increased by 332 per cent year-on-year between 2011 and 2012.

A recent report from independent analyst firm Verdantix, meanwhile, found that 46 per cent of corporations have now initiated a global energy management strategy. Of those, one third said that compliance with legislation was the key driver while another 32 per cent identified cost savings as the primary factor for implementation.

Benefits to customers of having ISO 50001 certification include:

  • Reduction in energy costs through measurement and management of energy consumption leading to energy efficiency

  • Reinforcing good energy management behaviours throughout the business

  • Promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain

  • Evaluation and prioritisation of new energy-efficient technologies

  • Increasing new business opportunities and meeting legal and contractual obligations

  • Increasing stakeholder confidence and enhancing reputation

  • Integration with existing management systems such as ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

  • Supporting corporate social responsibility commitment and initiatives.


Benefits to customers in choosing BM TRADA for their ISO 50001 certification:

  • Wide range of accredited scope covering low, medium and high complexity business sectors and industries

  • Global presence (offices and representatives in almost 40 countries)

  • Management systems certificates issued in over 70 countries

  • Globally recognised and accredited certification body

  • Excellent level of customer service (dedicated client manager, rapid response to enquiries, transparent certification process, professionalism throughout the certification process from enquiry through to completion of audit and issue of certificate

  • Competent auditors with demonstrable understanding and knowledge of the specific industry sectors audited and associated technology


Launched in 2011, ISO 50001:2011 is the international standard for energy management, providing an effective framework for improving energy performance, efficiency and consumption, and integrating this into management practices. The standard integrates with, and complements, existing management systems such as ISO 9001 quality & ISO 14001 environmental management systems.

Find out more about ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management certification

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BM TRADA has extended its accreditation scope to include energy management systems certification following a successful pilot scheme with UKAS.