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September APEC Conference to Highlight Energy Management Standardization

ANSI President S. Joe Bhatia to Deliver Keynote

New York, Aug 08, 2011

On September 13-14, 2011, San Francisco will play host to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference on Implementation of Energy Management Standardization. The event will bring together up to 150 participants from the 21 Asia-Pacific member economies to discuss ways in which APEC members can cooperate to implement ISO 50001, the recently released energy management standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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With world energy prices soaring and calls for energy security echoed around the globe, the demand for organizations to manage their energy performance has never been more acute. ISO 50001, Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use, provides organizations with a framework to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and improve environmental performance. It is estimated that ISO 50001 has the potential to positively impact up to 60 percent of the world’s energy use. The standard was developed by ISO technical committee (TC) 242, Energy management, with the chairmanship held by the United States.

Keynote speaker S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will offer his perspective on how organizations can harness ISO 50001 to meet the global energy challenge. Master of ceremonies Edwin Piñero, chair of ISO TC 242 and chief sustainability officer at Veolia Water America, will lead discussions on the development process, current principles, and future of ISO 50001.

Three panel sessions will cover: keys to successful implementation of an energy management system; organizations’ experience with energy management internationally; and accreditation, certification, and regulation. Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI’s vice president of accreditation services, will moderate the panel on accreditation, certification, and regulation, with Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy, discussing the role of specialized regional bodies.

All stakeholders, including policy makers, business leaders, and standards and conformity assessment professionals are invited to attend. For more information, view the draft agenda and program flyer.

Note: Interested participants must register here and send a completed delegate registration form to Jennifer.Stradtman@trade.gov by Wednesday, August 17.


About APEC
Established in 1989, the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an inter-government forum that includes most Pacific Rim countries. With significant input from the private sector, APEC works to promote free trade and economic cooperation among its member economies and has worked to reduce tariffs and other trade barriers, creating more efficient domestic economies and dramatically increased exports. APEC fosters growth and prosperity by facilitating economic cooperation and expanding trade and investment throughout the region. APEC’s 21 member economies account for 55 percent of the global GDP, and comprise a market of 2.7 million consumers.

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