The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched the first internationally-recognised energy management standard to help organisations improve profitability, cut CO2 emissions and meet carbon budgets. The ISO 50001 will enable UK organisations to understand their baseline energy usage in order to decrease the amount they rely on and reduce their carbon footprint.

According to the BSI, the ongoing global threat of energy shortages, rising costs, and legislation mechanisms such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment, have all driven the development of the standard, which is expected to replace BS EN 16001.

Mike Low, Director of Standards at BSI said, “ISO 50001 is a significant new global standard that will bring tremendous business value to organisations across the world that are having to grapple with rising energy costs and greater Governmental climate change legislation.”

“The standard clearly sets out the processes and actions that can enable any organisation to immediately start saving money and BSI will be offering a full package of publications, training, certification, software, and a Kitemark for energy reduction verification to help our clients achieve these savings.”

ISO 50001 was developed in close consultation with energy management experts representing over 60 countries around the world and is applicable to all types of organisations, irrespective of geographical, cultural, or social conditions.