ISO 50001 provides organizations with an internationally recognized framework for efficiently managing and improving their energy performance. ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to continual improvement that supports energy performance improvement over time based on the best data available to the organization. Continual improvement of energy performance requires a comprehensive energy management system involving a variety of stakeholders within an organization. The standard does not prescribe minimum performance criteria, energy reductions, or targets, however, many countries, including the United States, are developing programs to recognize organizations that achieve specified energy performance improvement targets.
'Verifying Energy Improvement in Industrial Facilities: Meeting the Challenge' at the 2011 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry
A distinguished group of panelists discussed how to move measurement and verification of energy performance in industrial facilities from the current focus on discrete projects to a new approach to support continual improvement at the facility level.
The Measurement and Verification Protocol for the Superior Energy Performance Program can be found at the end of this article.
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