There is growing support for energy efficiency to bolster emissions reduction efforts. Energy security is a priority and European member states recently agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO's) Standard for energy management, ISO 50001:2011, as the European Standard for energy management systems. The publication of EN ISO 50001 will replace the existing European Standard, EN 16001:2009, to be withdrawn at the end of April 2012
With uptake of ISO 50001 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use already underway, major corporations throughout Asia have adopted the Standard, with Delta Electronics of China and LCD TV maker AU Optronics Corp Taiwan leading the way. Now Europe, eager to achieve the EU Kyoto Protocol promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% before 2020, takes on ISO 50001 to encourage organisations to systematically manage their energy use.
Organisations expect the Standard to help them effectively and cost-efficiently reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, while improving energy security.
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