ISO launches ISO 50001 energy management standard


Rob Steele,
Geneva, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — June 17, 2011 – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched the standard ISO 50001 on energy management systems.

ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is intended to provide organizations with a recognized framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices.

In particular, the standard is intended to accomplish the following: Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy consuming assets

  • Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources
  • Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviors
  • Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy efficient technologies
  • Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain
  • Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects
  • Allow integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety.

“Individual organizations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, but they can improve the way they manage energy in the here and now,” commented ISO secretary-general Rob Steele. “Improved energy performance can provide rapid benefits for an organization by maximizing the use of its energy sources and energy-related assets, thus reducing both energy cost and consumption. The organization will also make positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources and mitigating worldwide effects of energy use, such as global warming.”