Substantial improvements in energy efficiency with positive financial impacts have been experienced both by a major company and by a small business taking part in a pilot programme to test the new ISO 50001 energy management standard.

From left: Ken Hamilton (ISO/PC 242 expert); ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele; Marco Matteini (ISO/PC 242); Alberto J. Fossa (ISO/PC 242); moderator, Nicolas Fleury. (Photo: ISO/Granier).

These results were reported on 17 June 2011 at the launching by ISO of the new standard at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Switzerland.

Rob Steele

ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele told the international audience of nearly 200 people attending the event: “Energy is no longer a technical issue, but a management issue with an impact on the bottom line and the time to address the issue is now.”

The event included presentations by three out of some 100 experts from 45 countries who participated in developing the standard.

Ken Hamilton

Ken Hamilton, Director, Global Energy and Sustainability Services, Hewlett Packard (USA), described ISO 50001 as a “very pragmatic standard” which will help companies to integrate energy management with business practices. It will allow multinational companies like Hewlett Packard to reduce energy costs and increase the efficiency of energy use throughout global supply chains.

Mr Hamilton quoted results from two pilot implementations which were part of the Superior Energy Performance programme sponsored by the US Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing and the US Department of Energy.

He cited the experience of two plants. One of them was a plant owned by a major company, Dow Chemicals. The plant reduced its use of energy by 17.9 % over two years. At the same time, ISO 50001 principles are also successfully implemented by small businesses as shown by the experience of the other plant, CCP, of Houston, Texas, employing 36 people. In two years, it achieved energy savings of 14.9 %, worth USD 250 000 a year with zero capital investment.

Alberto J. Fossa

Alberto J. Fossa, Director, International Copper Association/MDJ, Brazil, underlined the international expertise that had been distilled in ISO 50001, with meetings to develop the standard held in China, the USA, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

At these, a common understanding had been forged between experts in technical efficiency on the one hand and in management on the other to produce a standard that will help all types of organization to achieve continual improvement of their energy performance.

Marco Matteini

Marco Matteini, of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Unit, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), said that forecasts of future energy demand highlighted substantial increases in developing countries, thus underlining the importance and relevance of ISO 50001 for organizations in emerging economies.

The launch event, moderated by the ISO Director of Marketing, Communication and Information, Nicolas Fleury, saw the first public showing of the short video, ISO and energy management. This video is among the material available on a multimedia news release published on the ISO Website, making the launch event available to a worldwide public. It includes video interviews of the speakers, videos of their presentations, their PowerPoint slides, the new ISO brochure Win the energy management challenge with ISO 50001, and links to related ISO material.

* Photos: ISO/Granier