ISO to Develop Energy Management Standard

The first meeting of an International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)
new project committee PC 242 has started to develop an International Standard
on energy management.

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 percent of the worlds 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 representatives 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 made in the technical discussions and a first working
draft has already been created. A major point of discussion is the need to
ensure compatibility with the existing suite of ISO management system
standards. The committee therefore took the key decision to base the draft on
the common elements found in all of ISOs 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 aims to have ISO 50001 ready for publication by the end
of 2010.

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