The future ISO 50001 standard for energy management was recently approved as a Draft International Standard (DIS).

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% 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 will 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