ISO 50001 Will Aid Energy Management System Implementation

Now that ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management practices, has been released, companies that participated in its development are promoting their support for it. One of those companies, EnerNOC, Inc., providers of energy management applications and services, sees it as a major step forward for energy management as an organizational best practice.

“ISO 50001 certification requires firms to provide adequate resources to establish, implement, maintain and improve an energy management system,” reported independent analyst firm, Verdantix, in its whitepaper, “New ISO 50001 Aims to Tackle the Energy Governance Deficit.” “By setting organizational boundaries at the enterprise level and involving roles such as the CFO and CEO in decision making around energy management, ISO 50001 takes decision making to a strategic level and breaks the siloed energy management approach.”

Like other ISO standards, ISO 50001 offers an organizational framework to achieve energy management. Its strategies include establishing management structures to increase accountability and results, applying energy efficiency to operations and maintenance, and integrating energy into areas such as training and procurement. A detailed overview of the standard is available through ISO.

EnerNOC’s customers have already saved well over 400 million kilowatt hours of electricity through our applications and services,” said Tim Healy, EnerNOC’s chairman and CEO. “Now that ISO 50001 has been released, we expect even more businesses and organizations to discover the advantages of energy management.”

EnerNOC’s Manager of Continuous Energy Improvement, Chad Gilless, has been involved with the creation of ISO 50001 since its inception in 2008 and represented the United States as an implementation consultant during international negotiations in Brazil, the U.K. and China. Gilless will present on how businesses, organizations and utilities can leverage the standard at the <<EnergySMART 2011 Conference>>, as well as the ACEEE Industrial Summer Study in July and the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC) in August.

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