A new international standard for energy management is scheduled to be in place by 2011.

ISO 50001 is structured around the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement process model that is found in other management system standards, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. ISO 50001 integrates both technical and management system elements that are essential for the efficient use of energy and improving energy performance. The standard allows organizations flexibility in how to integrate these elements into the company culture.

The U.S. Department of Energy currently is developing a program for industry that will use ISO 50001 as a central feature. The Superior Energy Performance program will assist manufacturers in implementing ISO 50001 and committing to improved energy performance.

Currently, ANSI/MSE 2000-2008 is the national standard for energy management in the United States. When ISO 50001 is completed in 2011, it is expected to replace the ANSI standard.

ISO 50001 is a voluntary standard, and as such, companies will determine the value of implementing it in their organizations. For many companies, energy is an important resource, and they will adopt the standard for the energy-saving benefits. Additionally, companies will benefit from setting up a management system framework to sustain savings. Many businesses also will be attracted by the environmental benefits.

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