ISO 50001 | Energy Management Systems | Standards Michigan

ISO 50001 | Energy Management Systems

Unlike many domestic energy conservation documents (such as ICC's International Energy Conservation Code) which is largely a prescriptive document; the International Organization for Standardization produces global documents that are largely performance-oriented. Most US-based standards developers are migrating toward performance standards where possible but because of the obligations and the political strength of the compliance and conformity interest the path toward performance standards will be difficult and slow.


ISO 50001 | Energy Management Systems

May 22, 2018
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Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech Energy & Sustainability Services (GTESS) is the US Technical Advisory Group Administrator for the American National Standards Institute on Technical Committee 301 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  The work of ISO/TC 301 provides a globally recognized standard of practice for managing energy over time and for calculating and reporting energy savings. A key deliverable, ISO 50001 unites, on a broad level, the concept and execution of energy management system (EnMS) standardization for a range of stakeholders, including, but not limited to: industry, buildings, energy efficiency organizations, standards authorities, energy service providers, government agencies, energy management practitioners, and conformance and energy auditing firms.  Link to ISO TC/301 Strategic Business Plan.

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Now comes an opportunity for the education, and other industries, to comment on two work products of ISO TC/301:

ISO 50001 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.   The aim of this document is to enable organizations to establish the systems and processes necessary to continually improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, energy use, and energy consumption. This document applies to the activities under the control of the organization. Its application can be tailored to fit the specific requirements of the organization, including the complexity of its systems, degree of documented information and available resources.

ISO 50046 General quantification methods for ex-ante or expected energy savings.  This document provides general guidelines for the quantification of predicted energy savings, also known as ex-ante quantification. It also provides a process resulting in ex ante savings estimates satisfactory for the organization developing them and relevant stakeholders. It is meant to be used once the opportunities for energy performance improvements have been identified, but prior to the implementation of the Energy Performance Improvement Actions (EPIAs). It is, therefore, meant to be used when selecting and/or specifying the EPIAs and/or the action plan, program or policy to be subsequently implemented.

Stakeholders are government, utilities, organizations that use energy (users), energy service providers, consultants, and supply chain managers.  (Link to ANSI Announcement | PDF Page 5)

Comments are due May 28th.  You may communicate directly with Deann Desai, 75 Fifth Street N.W, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30332-0640, (770) 605-4474,, to obtain review copies of these documents and to submit comments (with a copy to

All ISO standards are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.  Click here to log in.

Perspective: Only two universities in the United States are providing leadership in international standards: Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Texas Medical Branch — this despite nearly all 1800-odd  colleges and universities with significant marketing and branding staffs claiming “leadership” and an “international point of view”.   

The cost of participating in the process that results in templates for governments at all levels to discover the optimal reconciliation of the competing requirements of innovation and regulation — and the contribution to the value proposition to students to the faculty and student experience — is very small compared with the billion dollar budgets of most major research universities, for example.  (Mike Anthony)

Issue: [13-98]

Category: Energy Management

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer, Jack Janveja, Richard Robben

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