ISO 50001-Energy Management Standard: Building Sustainability into Energy Efficiency in the US and Globally

August 26, 2010 - 12:00pm

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has identified energy management as one of its top five priorities for standards development. The new ISO 50001- Energy Management Systems standard will establish an international framework for industrial, commercial, or institutional facilities, or entire companies, to manage their energy, including procurement and use. This standard is expected to achieve major, long-term increases in energy efficiency (20% or more) in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide. This presentation will provide: --an update of the content of the standard- what it is and what it isn’t --relationship of ISO 50001 to GHG reporting --introduction to Superior Energy Performance, the US program that is already demonstrating the potential of ISO 50001 to increase US industrial energy efficiency --discussion of considerations in adapting the Superior Energy Performance model to commercial buildings in the US, and --the recent announcement of a Global Superior Energy Performance at US DOE Secretary Chu’s first Clean Energy Ministerial in July 2010. The speaker, Aimee McKane, has been involved with energy management standards for a number of years. Her 2006-07 analysis and resulting issues paper comparing existing national energy management standards provided the foundation for an international meeting leading to initiation of work on ISO 50001 under US leadership. She now serves as the Vice-Chair of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO PC 242, which is responsible for developing ISO 50001.

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