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Draft energy management standard to influence 60 percent of world energy use


July 14, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

The future ISO 50001 standard for energy management was recently approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS). This document aims to establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, ISO estimates 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 aims 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 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

ISO 50001 is being developed by ISO project committee ISO/PC 242, Energy
management. The secretariat of ISO/PC 242 is provided by the
partnership of the ISO members for the USA (ANSI) and Brazil (ABNT). 42
ISO member countries are participating in its development, with another
10 as observers.

Now that ISO 50001 has advanced to the DIS stage, national member bodies
of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on the text of the
standard during the five-month balloting period. If the outcome of the
DIS voting is positive, the modified document will then be circulated to
the ISO members as a Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). If that
vote is positive, ISO 50001 is expected to be published as an
International Standard by early 2011.

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