What's good for the environment is often good for business, and efficient energy consumption is a good example. Now businesses can improve their energy performance even more with the addition of three new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards to complete their energy management range.
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 the range 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 system, guides 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 manage their 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. These three standards are also available in a convenient energy management systems collection on the ANSI webstore.
The ISO 50000 series of standards is developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC ) 242, Energy Management. The U.S. holds the chairmanship of TC 242, with Roland Risser from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 Associacao Brasileira de Normas Tecnicas (ABNT). Within the U.S., input to TC 242 is coordinated by the Georgia Institute of Technology Energy and Sustainability Services (GT ESS), which ANSI has accredited as administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the committee.