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The just published ISO 50001 provides public and private sector organisations with management strategies to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance. The standard is available on the ISO Web site (www.iso.org). It was keenly awaited as it is estimated that the Standard could have a positive impact on some 60% of the world’s energy use.
“Energy is critical to organisational operations and can be a major cost to organisations, whatever their activities. An idea can be gained by considering the use of energy through the supply chain of a business, from raw materials through to recycling,” noted ISO secretary-general Rob Steele.
“Individual organisations cannot control energy prices, government policies or the global economy, but they can improve the way they manage energy in the here and now. Improved energy performance can provide rapid benefits for an organisation by maximising the use of its energy sources and energy-related assets, thus reducing both energy cost and consumption. The organisation will also make positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources and mitigating worldwide effects of energy use, such as global warming.”
ISO 50001 is intended to provide organisations with a recognised framework for integrating energy performance into their management practices. Multinational organisations will have access to a single, harmonised standard for implementation across the organisation with a logical and consistent methodology for identifying and implementing improvements. The standard is intended to accomplish the following:
– Assist organisations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets;
– Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources;
– Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviours;
– Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritising the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies;
– Provide a framework for promoting energy efficiency throughout the supply chain;
– Facilitate energy management improvements for greenhouse gas emission reduction projects; and
– Allow integration with other organisational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety.