The New Energy Management Standard
By: Daniel Stouffer
According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) there is a pressing need for an international energy management standard. ISO 50001 is intended to establish an international framework for industrial plants and companies to manage all aspects of energy.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recognizes the high need for an international energy management standard by introducing ISO 50001 which can be very helpful in commercial energy management.
The need to promote energy efficiency, the adamant need to reduce carbon emissions, the higher prices of fossil fuels due to reduced supply, and the need to use renewable energy sources give enough reason for this new energy management standard to be developed which was based on advanced best practices and existing regional and national standards.” – Alan Brydon, ISO Secretary-General
It is estimated that 60% of carbon emissions are from energy production. Due to the threats and implications of global warming and climate change, now is the right time to maximize efficiency in energy use and to manage energy resources.
ISO 50001 will be complementary with ISO 14000 (environmental management standards series) and ISO 9000 (quality management standards series). The new energy management standards will help improve efficiency of enterprise energy management.
ISO 50001 has a set if goals which might be introduced by the end of the year 2010, as follows:
- assist organizations in making better use of energy consuming assets
- provide benchmarking, measuring, documenting and reporting guidance
- facilitate communication and create transparency regarding the management of energy sources
- promote best practices and reinforce good energy management behavior
- assist in evaluation and prioritization of new technologies
- help to promote energy efficiency through the supply chain
This new energy management standard will implement a framework which will help organizations give attention to energy efficiency to overall operation and further define management practices and attention. This new standard has been long awaited and introduction of such is already widely anticipated. One of the best ways to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions is energy efficiency and reduction on usage of fossil fuels.
To help companies reach targets in energy use reduction and carbon emissions, ISO 50001 can be used by corporations, supply-chain partnerships, and energy service utility companies. The new energy management standard could be used in the supply chain to be able to compare efficiency when it is implemented.
Being an international standard, the ISO 50001 will enable multinational organizations to have a consistent methodology in identifying and implementing energy efficient improvements.
About the Author
Verisae offers energy management solutions software to monitor and control global energy portfolio. Energy efficiency initiatives include operational tactics and energy conservation strategies aimed at reducing costs. This takes place either through lowering consumption, upgrading facilities, or direct energy curtailment. Learn more at http://www.verisae.com/articles
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