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As ISO 50001 Gains Pace Worldwide, Early Adopters Report Significant Gains

Just one month after the June 15 release of ISO 50001 - the highly-anticipated energy management standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) - organizations around the globe are reporting substantial benefits and energy cost savings associated with its early implementation.

U.S. Involvement

ISO 50001 was developed by ISO technical committee (TC) 242, Energy management. The U.S. holds the chairmanship of this committee, with Edwin Piñero, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer at Veolia Water North America, serving as chair. As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) serves as ISO TC 242 secretariat in partnership with the Brazilian member body to ISO, the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT).

ANSI accredited the Georgia Institute of Technology Energy and Sustainability Services (GT ESS) as administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO PC 242. In this capacity, GT ESS staff provide administrative facilitation for all aspects of the U.S. TAG's work. Roland Risser from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) serves as the U.S. TAG chair, Aimee McKane of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory serves as vice chair, and Deann Desai of the Georgia Institute of Technology serves as secretary.

With an emphasis on performance and continual improvement, ISO 50001, Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use, specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an energy management system. Targeting applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that the standard could positively impact up to 60% of the world's energy use.

An online article on ISO's website summarizes the benefits-to-date experienced by five early adopters of ISO 50001, including significant reductions in power consumption, carbon emissions, and energy costs:

Delta Electronics - China
Delta Electronics, a leading provider of power and thermal management solutions, has confirmed that ISO 50001 is fundamental to the company's goal of reducing power consumption at its Dongguan factory by 50 % in 2014, as compared to 2009.

According to Daryl Liao, executive vice-president of Delta Group's China region, the company has reduced power consumption by 10.51 million kilowatt hours (kWh) as compared to the same period in 2010, the equivalent to a reduction of 10.2 thousand tons of carbon emissions.

Schneider Electric - France
Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric has been awarded ISO 50001 certification for its Paris, France, head office as part of the company's commitment to continuously improving the energy management of its buildings, reducing their environmental footprint and enhancing user comfort.

"The ISO 50001 standard provides a framework and a toolbox to ‘do the best' with energy in a continual improvement cycle," said Gilles Simon, environment manager for Schneider Electric France. "It is an International Standard, so it can be implemented in all our facilities and our customers' facilities around the world."

Dahanu Power Station - India
The Dahanu Thermal Power Station plant in Maharashtra, India, has conducted a series of targeted investments since March 2010. With the help of the organization's new ISO 50001-based energy management system, these investments are expected to yield an annual savings of INR 96.4 million.

AU Optronics (AUO) - Taiwan, Province of China
ISO 50001 implementation is expected to help AUO achieve 10% energy conservation at the plant this year, save an estimated 55 million kWh of electricity, and reduce carbon emissions by 35,000 tons. The company plans to adopt an ISO 50001-based energy management system at all its manufacturing plants.

Municipality of Bad Eisenkappel - Austria
During the first year, consumption of electrical energy is expected to decrease by nearly 25%, with the main savings achieved by updating the waste water plant and reducing energy consumption by 86, 000 kWh.

For more information on ISO 50001 or to purchase the standard, click here.