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ISO’s New Additions for Energy Management

Range of standards to improve performance in this critical area

Published: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 11:32

(ISO:Geneva) -- What’s good for the environment is often good for business, and efficient energy consumption is a perfect example. Now businesses can improve their energy performance even more with the addition of three new ISO standards to complete their range of energy management efforts.

Reducing costs and improving efficiency are just some of the drivers for users of an energy management system, regardless of the organization’s size or status. This is known as improving energy performance. ISO’s three new standards in this category offer more specific guidance and tools to help them do just that.

ISO 50004:2014—“Energy management systems—Guidance for the implementation, maintenance and improvement of an energy management systemguides an organization to take a systematic approach in order to achieve continual improvement in energy management and performance.

ISO 50006:2014—“Energy management systems—Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI)—General principles and guidance” provides practical guidance on how to meet the requirements of ISO 50001, and therefore properly manage energy performance.

ISO 50015:2014—”Energy management systems—Measurement and verification of energy performance of organizations—General principles and guidance provides a set of principles and guidelines for measurement and verification, thereby increasing the credibility of energy performance.

The new standards follow the recent publication of ISO 50003:2014—“Energy management systems—Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of energy management systems,” and joins ISO 50001 for the development of an energy management system and ISO 50002, which specifies the process requirements for carrying out an energy audit.

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 162 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a nongovernmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society. View the ISO Standards list.