ISO 50001 – Energy Management System Standards

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.

If you have any questions regarding this issue or any other renewable energy or energy efficiency  issues, please contact the author, Mark E. Miller.

SRF Green Project Reserve (GPR) Sustainability Incentive

The State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Programs provide low-interest loans to Indiana communities and some private and not-for-profit businesses for projects that improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.  The SRF Loan Program has recently announced the Green Project Reserve (GPR) Sustainability Incentive Program.  GPR provides incentives to SRF participants to reduce resource consumption – such as energy, water, and construction materials – to attain energy efficiency and save costs. 

Eligible projects include sustainable green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency measures or environmentally innovative solutions.  A participant may be eligible for improved ranking on the SRF Project Priority List as well as an interest rate break up to 0.5% on an SRF loan.  Information about the program is available at the Indiana Finance Authority's website.

If you have any questions regarding this issue or any other natural resource and energy law issues, please contact the author, Mark E. Miller, or the Bowers Harrison attorney with whom you usually work.