The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently recognized the new global energy efficiency and energy management standard ISO 50001, which was developed to help organizations around the globe save money on their buildings and industrial facilities. The voluntary standard urges the organizations to use business practices that reduce energy use from equipment and facilities, requires them to use energy performance data to highlight cost-effective upgrades and underscores the design and installation of efficient energy systems and equipment.
ISO 50001 was developed by a project committee consisting of 45 partnering countries from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The standards’ bottom line is supposed to help organizations, across different economic sectors, save money by saving energy. The DOE projects that organizations adopting ISO 50001 should see tangible energy savings in two years. The department refers to five US industrial pilot projects carried out between 2008 and 2010, which adopted the American National Standard ANSI MSE 2000:2008 and improved their energy efficiency by 6.5% to 17% over a two to three year period.
The ISO 50001 standard focuses on several factors including incorporation of energy efficiency into management practices, improving energy systems and related equipment in respect to the overall system efficiency and benchmarking, measuring, documenting and reporting energy use, savings and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program and Building Technologies Program supports the use of ISO 50001 for industrial and commercial facilities through its voluntary Superior Energy Performance certification program while the DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program will organize the implementation of the new standard for federal industrial and commercial facilities and internationally through the DOE’s Clean Energy Ministerial.