ISO on Target to Publish Energy Management Standard in Q3 2011

In development since 2008, ISO 50001International Standard for energy management will help organizations to improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce climate change impacts. It is intended to establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy, and it is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 percent of the world’s energy use.


“ISO 50001 provides a proven model that helps organizations systematically plan and manage their energy use. With a strong focus on performance and continual improvement, ISO 50001 will contribute to enhanced energy efficiency and prudent energy use. An extremely high level of consensus drove our committee’s fast progress toward publication – proof that the world needs and wants this standard.” said Edwin Piñero, ISO PC 242 Energy Management chair and executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at Veolia Water North America.

The document is based on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management system standards and will provide the following benefits:

– A framework for integrating energy efficiency into management practices

– Making better use of existing energy-consuming assets

– Benchmarking, measuring, documenting, and reporting energy intensity improvements and their projected impact on reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

– Transparency and communication on the management of energy resources

– Energy management best practices and good energy management behaviors

– Evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies

– A framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain

– Energy management improvements in the context of GHG emission reduction projects

Forty-three countries have been participating in the development of this international standard.

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