SANTIAGO, Chile — Members of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee gathered in Santiago, Chile, to discuss new energy auditing and management standards. The committee, TC 242, led the development of the ISO 50001 energy management standard, which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program builds on to verify energy savings and establish additional improvement targets.

Release of the following ISO standards and guidance is expected by next year:

• ISO 50002: This energy auditing standard will define the minimum set of requirements to identify energy performance improvement opportunities.

• ISO 50003: This standard is intended to be used with ISO/IEC 17021, “Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.” The new standard provides additional requirements to ensure the effectiveness of ISO 50001 audits and certifications under specific technical areas of energy management systems (EnMS).

• ISO 50004: This standard provides guidance when implementing the requirements of an EnMS based on ISO 50001 and helps organizations take a systematic approach to achieve continual improvement in energy management and performance.

• ISO 50006: This standard provides organizations with practical guidance on how to meet the requirements of ISO 50001 related to the establishment, use, and maintenance of energy baselines (EnBs) and energy performance indicators (EnPIs) in measuring energy performance and energy performance changes.

DOE said the ISO standards will support U.S. industry efforts to continually improve energy management and performance. The standards will also be important tools for companies seeking SEP certification.

For more information on the ISO 50001 energy management standard, visit

For more information on DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program, visit

Publication date: 7/28/2014

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