What is ISO 50001?

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is a voluntary International Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to provide organizations an internationally recognized framework to manage and improve their energy performance. The standard addresses the following: Energy use and consumption Measurement, documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption Design and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems, and processes Development of an

ISO 50001 is a voluntary International Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to provide organizations an internationally recognized framework to manage and improve their energy performance.

The standard addresses the following:

  • Energy use and consumption
  • Measurement, documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption
  • Design and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems, and processes
  • Development of an energy management plan and other factors affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organization.

ISO 50001 does not include prescriptive energy performance goals. Rather, it provides a framework through which each organization can set and pursue its own goals for improving energy performance.

What is an energy management system?

An energy management system is a series of processes that enables an organization to use data and information to maintain and improve energy performance, while improving operational efficiencies, decreasing energy intensity, and reducing environmental impacts.

What is the value of ISO 50001?

In the business world, a popular adage states that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. This principle applies to the world of energy management—an area of growing interest and concern to enterprises around the world due to its potential to help control costs, boost efficiency, and enhance competitiveness.

Until now, the absence of an internationally recognized energy management standard has inhibited widespread adoption of best energy management practices. The new ISO 50001 international energy management system standard overcomes this barrier and offers organizations a proven approach to develop an energy management plan addressing critical aspects of energy performance—including energy use, measurement, documentation, reporting, design and procurement practices, and other variables affecting energy management that can be measured and monitored.

Adoption of ISO 50001 is important to establish a more systematic and sustainable approach to managing energy within a facility. Conformance to the standard provides proof that a facility has implemented sustainable energy management systems, completed a baseline of its energy use, and committed to continual improvement in energy performance. The value of certification will be driven by market forces within supply chains, potential utility incentive programs requiring ISO 50001, and the standard’s relation to future carbon mitigation policies.

What kind of impact will ISO 50001 have?

ISO 50001 is designed for widespread use by industrial facilities, buildings, and other organizations. If widely adopted, it could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use across many economic sectors.

What factors will influence the use of ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 adoption is expected to be driven by factors such as the growth of corporate sustainability programs and the spread of energy management standards along the manufacturing supply chain. Companies may also find the energy and carbon reductions achievable through adherence to the ISO 50001 standard increasingly valuable.

Who partnered in the development of ISO 50001?

ISO created Project Committee (PC) 242 to carry out the development of ISO 50001, which includes participation from 59 nations (14 of which are observing). DOE supported the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) role as Secretariat of PC 242 (serving jointly with Brazil), to lead the international development ISO 50001. In addition, DOE contributed actively to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the U.S. delegation to ISO PC 242. The U.S. TAG led international efforts to ensure that ISO 50001 preserves the United States’ focus on data-driven energy performance and emphasis on management support.

Moving forward, DOE will support the transition of PC 242 to a Technical Committee (TC) 242, which will update ISO 50001 as needed and develop a family of related standards. DOE support will help ensure that the new standards will be consistent with U.S. energy policy and strategy.

Who are the intended users of ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 applies to industrial plants; commercial, institutional, or governmental facilities; and entire organizations. ISO 50001 provides benefits for organizations large and small, in both public and private sectors, in manufacturing and services, in all regions of the world.

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