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9 Feb

ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard in 2011


THE INTERNATIONAL Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) have announced that in the third quarter of this year they will publish their ISO 50001 International Standard for energy management.

Against a background of rising world energy prices, the announcement is particularly timely.

ISO 50001 will help organisations to improve their energy performance, increase energy efficiency and reduce climate change impacts.

ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organisations to manage energy.

Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 percent of the world’s energy use.

ISO 50001 is being developed by ISO project committee ISO/PC 242, Energy management, whose Chair, Edwin Piñero, comments: “Everyday, organisations all over the world deal with issues such as energy supply availability, reliability, climate change, and resource depletion.

A critical element in addressing these issues is how effectively an organisation manages its energy use.

“ISO 50001 provides a proven model that helps organisations 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 mid-2011 publication – proof that the world needs and wants this standard.

” The document is based on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management system standards, assuring a high level of compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management).

ISO 50001 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 behaviours¨Evaluating and prioritising the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies
• A framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chaina¨
• Energy management improvements in the context of GHG emission reduction projects.

Roland Risser, Chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/PC 242, and Manager of the Building Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy, underlines that, “This new International Standard provides the structural framework for commercial and industrial companies to continually improve their energy intensity – saving money, improving competitiveness and reducing pollution.

When companies can link efficiency to profitability, that’s a win-win.”