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 provides a framework for organizations to set and pursue its own goals for improving energy performance. The standard is keyed to implementation of an energy management system ("EMS"). An EMS 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.
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.
Information about ISO 50001 is available from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Enrgy. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/office_eere/faq.html
If you have any questions regarding this issue or any other renewable energy or energy efficiency issues, please contact the author, Mark E. Miller.