ISO 50001 Planned for Energy Management

The first meeting of ISO’s new project committee PC 242, which is developing an International Standard on energy management, was held last month in Washington, DC, USA.

The future ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, the standard could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use.

The meeting was attended by delegates from the ISO national member bodies of 25 countries from all regions of the world, as well as, representation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which has liaison status with PC 242. All the participating countries have existing activities on energy management and have a strong interest in developing a harmonized solution at the international level.

As part of the proceedings, delegates described their various initiatives in detail. For example, a presentation was given by UNIDO on the preparatory work the organization has carried out to support the ISO process by researching energy management needs in developing countries.

This gave PC 242 an insight into the different policies and situations around the world which need to be taken into account in the development of a globally relevant International Standard for energy management.

Excellent progress was reported in the technical discussions and a first working draft was created. A major point of discussion was the need to ensure compatibility with the existing suite of ISO management system standards. The committee therefore made the key decision to base the draft on the common elements found in all of ISO’s management system standards.

This will ensure maximum compatibility with key standards such as ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environmental management. The project committee is committed to an ambitious schedule and aims to have ISO 50001 ready for publication by the end of 2010.