BRIEF – 15 July 2010 – The international standards organisation could soon have an energy management standard that could influence up to 60 per cent of the world’s energy use, according to the International Organization for Standardisation, or ISO.

The future ISO 50001 standard for energy management was recently approved as a Draft International Standard, a media release from ISO said yesterday.

“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 per cent of the world’s energy use,” the statement said.

“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 is expected to 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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