Energy management Standard ISO 50001 early adopters report major gains

Issue 30 – August 2011

Evidence that publication of ISO 50001:2011 was eagerly awaited is borne out by the number of organisations worldwide claiming to be the first in their country or sector to have adopted the new international Standard on energy management. Several organisations are already reporting significant benefits and energy cost savings from their early ISO 50001 implementation.

Implementation of ISO 50001 is gathering pace worldwide and five early adopters discuss the gains to their organisations from ISO 50001 as follows.

  • Delta Electronics – China: 'With the implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management system in the Dongguan region, and production capacity at an even level from January to May of this year, we have already reduced power consumption by 10.51 million KWH as compared to the same period in 2010. This is equivalent to a reduction of 10.2 thousand tons of carbon emissions and a saving of CNY 8 million.'

  • Schneider Electric – France: 'ISO 50001 is an international Standard, so it can be implemented in all our facilities and our customers' facilities around the world. It can also be easily integrated with other ISO Standards such as ISO 14001. About 90% of our facilities worldwide are ISO 14001-certified.'

  • Dahanu Power Station – India: The plant has conducted a series of targeted investments since March 2010 which, aided by the organisation's new ISO 50001-based energy management system, are expected to yield annual savings of about INR 96.4 million from raised energy efficiency and management.

  • AU Optronics – Taiwan, Province of China: ISO 50001 implementation is expected to help AUO achieve 10% energy conservation at the plant this year, save an estimated 55 million kWh of electricity, and reduce carbon emissions by 35 000 tons. The company now plans to adopt an ISO 50001-based energy management system at all its manufacturing plants.

  • Municipality of Bad Eisenkappel – Austria: During the first year, consumption of electrical energy is expected to decrease by nearly 25% with the main savings achieved by updating the wastewater plant and reducing energy consumption by 86 000 kWh, equivalent to EUR 16000.

ISO 50001 was launched by ISO on 17 June 2011 in Geneva, Switzerland. A multimedia news release ( of the event is available on the ISO Website including videos of the presentations and interviews with the speakers, their Powerpoint slides, and links to related material. This includes the new ISO video ISO and energy management and the new brochure Win the energy management challenge with ISO 50001, which has already been accessed online or downloaded some 90 000 times. ISO 50001 has become the best-selling Standard of the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva.

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