ISO 50001 gets official launch

The first global energy management standard has been officially launched in a drive to cut business energy use and costs.

As revealed last month the launch of ISO 50001 was brought forward from October, surprising energy industry observers.

And, as a result today (July 15), the launch of the marker aiming to help organisations of all sizes understand baseline energy usage, put in place action plans, targets and energy performance indicators for reducing consumption, took place. 

ISO 50001 has been in development for a number of years with energy management experts, representing more than 60 countries from across the world, coming together to establish it.

In the UK the system will be administered by the British Standards Institution (BSI), who will oversee its expected replacement of BS EN 16001, which is likely to be withdrawn in around a year’s time.

BSI director of standards, Mike Low, said: “The standard clearly sets out the processes and actions that can enable any organisation to immediately start saving money and BSI will be offering a full package of publications, training, certification, software and a Kitemark for energy reduction verification to help our clients achieve these savings.

“By implementing the standard, organisations of all sizes have the potential to not only make dramatic financial savings but to also enhance their reputation by demonstrating their commitment to improving sustainability.”

Luke Walsh

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