Moving the Masses to ISO 50001 with 50001 Ready

Panel: 3. Energy management: The nuts and bolts

This is a peer-reviewed paper.

Authors:
Christine Wu
Peter Therkelsen, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Paul Sheaffer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Jay Wrobel, US Department of Energy, USA
Pete Langlois, US Department of Energy, USA
Paul Scheihing, US Department of Energy, USA

Abstract

For over a decade, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has engaged in the development, uptake, and study of the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard, to advance the energy performance and competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. While industry has responded with general support for establishing a standard practice for managing energy, the process and cost of certification have frequently been cited as obstacles to widespread uptake.

This paper explores the approach taken by DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to break down this barrier. 50001 Ready is a self-guided recognition program developed by DOE and LBNL to support facility-level adoption of the business practices of ISO 50001, by providing national recognition for self-driven uptake of energy management principles without the need for any audits or verification.

Also developed by DOE and LBNL, the 50001 Ready Navigator is a self-guided online tool and resource database for step-by-step implementation of an ISO 50001-based energy management system, designed to build capacity at all organizational levels. Facilities seeking 50001 Ready recognition complete 25 tasks in the Navigator, self-report their energy performance, and provide executive-level attestation of implementation. The Navigator facilitates collaboration; users can track their progress, share notes with team members, receive expert assistance, and request DOE recognition directly through the Navigator.

Since the launch of 50001 Ready in early 2017 there has been widespread interest from both the industrial and commercial sectors, and the number of facilities using the Navigator is growing rapidly. This paper includes reflections from a diverse range of early adopters on the value of open knowledge-building resources and federal recognition, and outlines how 50001 Ready can be leveraged and adapted by other governments and organizations to proliferate energy management best practices at all scales and around the globe.

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