ISO 50001 is a new, voluntary energy management standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that provides industrial facilities with an internationally recognized framework to manage and improve their energy performance.

Currently, 33 U.S. facilities - including industry leaders 3M, Bridgestone Tire, Dow Chemical, Eaton and Schneider Electric - are implementing an energy management system that conforms with ISO 50001.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the standard addresses the following:
  • Energy use and consumption.
  • Measurement, documentation and reporting of energy use and consumption.
  • Design and procurement practices for energy-using equipment, systems and processes.
  • Development of an energy management plan and other factors affecting energy performance that can be monitored and influenced by the organization.
The DOE plans webinars and a toolkit. It has already compiled testimonials from Owens Corning and others that describe the value for their facilities.

Want to learn more? Visit the DOE’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) page at

And, while you’re waiting to learn more about the standard and how to implement, you can use our product guide to find more efficient process equipment.

Linda Becker
Associate Publisher and Editor