ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard

Against a background of rising world energy prices, ISO’s announcement of a third quarter 2011 target for publication of its ISO 50001 International Standard for energy management is particularly timely. ISO 50001 will help organizations 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 organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 % of the world’s energy use.

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 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.

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