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: EnergyÂ use and consumption Measurement,Â documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption DesignÂ and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems, andÂ processes DevelopmentÂ 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:
- EnergyÂ use and consumption
- Measurement,Â documentation, and reporting of energy use and consumption
- DesignÂ and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems, andÂ processes
- DevelopmentÂ of an energy management plan and other factors affecting energyÂ performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organization.
ISO 50001 does not include prescriptiveÂ energy performance goals. Rather, it provides a framework through which eachÂ organization can set and pursue its own goals for improving energy performance.
What isÂ an energy management system?
An energy management system is a seriesÂ of processes that enables an organization to use data and information toÂ maintain and improve energy performance, while improving operationalÂ efficiencies, decreasing energy intensity, and reducing environmental impacts.
What isÂ the value of ISO 50001?
In the business world, a popular adageÂ states that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. This principle applies toÂ the world of energy managementâ€”an area of growing interest and concern toÂ enterprises around the world due to its potential to help control costs, boostÂ efficiency, and enhance competitiveness.
Until now, the absence of anÂ internationally recognized energy management standard has inhibited widespreadÂ adoption of best energy management practices. The new ISO 50001 internationalÂ energy management system standard overcomes this barrier and offersÂ organizations a proven approach to develop an energy management plan addressingÂ critical aspects of energy performanceâ€”including energy use, measurement,Â documentation, reporting, design and procurement practices, and other variablesÂ affecting energy management that can be measured and monitored.
Adoption of ISO 50001 is important toÂ establish a more systematic and sustainable approach to managing energy withinÂ a facility. Conformance to the standard provides proof that a facility hasÂ implemented sustainable energy management systems, completed a baseline of itsÂ energy use, and committed to continual improvement in energy performance. TheÂ value of certification will be driven by market forces within supply chains,Â potential utility incentive programs requiring ISO 50001, and the standard’sÂ relation to future carbon mitigation policies.
WhatÂ kind of impact will ISO 50001 have?
ISO 50001 is designed for widespreadÂ use by industrial facilities, buildings, and other organizations. If widelyÂ adopted, it could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use across manyÂ economic sectors.
WhatÂ factors will influence the use of ISO 50001?
ISO 50001 adoption is expected to beÂ driven by factors such as the growth of corporate sustainability programs andÂ the spread of energy management standards along the manufacturing supply chain.Â Companies may also find the energy and carbon reductions achievable throughÂ adherence to the ISO 50001 standard increasingly valuable.
WhoÂ partnered in the development of ISO 50001?
ISO created Project Committee (PC) 242Â to carry out the development of ISO 50001, which includes participation from 59Â nations (14 of which are observing). DOE supported the American NationalÂ Standards Institute’s (ANSI) role as Secretariat of PC 242 (serving jointlyÂ with Brazil), to lead the international development ISO 50001. In addition, DOEÂ contributed actively to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the U.S.Â delegation to ISO PC 242. The U.S. TAG led international efforts to ensure thatÂ ISO 50001 preserves the United States’ focus on data-driven energy performanceÂ and emphasis on management support.
Moving forward, DOE will support theÂ transition of PC 242 to a Technical Committee (TC) 242, which will update ISOÂ 50001 as needed and develop a family of related standards. DOE support willÂ help ensure that the new standards will be consistent with U.S. energy policyÂ and strategy.
Who are the intendedÂ users of ISO 50001?
ISO 50001 applies to industrial plants;Â commercial, institutional, or governmental facilities; and entireÂ organizations. ISO 50001 provides benefits for organizations large and small,Â in both public and private sectors, in manufacturing and services, in allÂ regions of the world.