Google has a long-standing commitment to the environment and energy efficiency. It used ISO 50001 as a framework to establish a more structured and formalized energy management system and achieve recognition for its efforts. Bolstered by the programmeʼs success, the company continues to reduce its energy use and emissions through improved efficiency – leveraging new tools like machine learning – as well as by purchasing renewable power. Here, Laura Franceschini, Program Manager, Data Center Sustainability at Google, examines best practice.
The rise of energy efficiency
Energy efficiency is the “first fuel” in the global energy system. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), harnessing economically viable energy efficiency investments would facilitate a more efficient allocation of resources across the global economy, with the potential to boost cumulative economic output through 2035 by USD 18 trillion.
We asked several leading experts for their thoughts on the impact that energy efficiency can have on climate change around the globe and the standards being developed to address the growing market.
Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change. Here, Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency at the International Energy Agency (IEA), tells us how standards are essential tools in driving our use of energy down.
There has never been more urgency to find ways to reduce our energy consumption.
Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency, IEA
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ISO 50001 is under revision after its first five years of service. But as the energy management standard that held so much promise for a clean energy future enters this new stage, the time is ripe to ask the question: “How has it done so far?”