Energy Management Standards

Energy Management Standards

UNIDO-ABNT Regional Meeting, 27-29 August 2008, São Paulo, Brazil

In February 2008 the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved the establishment of a new project committee (PC 242 – Energy Management) appointed to develop the new ISO Management System Standard for Energy, ISO 50001.

Energy management standards constitute a proven market-based mechanism for industry to reduce operating costs and increase profitability through sustainable energy efficiency.  They offer an expert and best practices-based framework for organizations and enterprises to develop energy efficiency goals, create plans to achieve those goals, prioritize efficiency measures and investments, monitor and document results and ensure continuity and constant improvement of energy performance.

The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the energy management concepts behind ISO 50001 and to obtain input from leading experts and managers concerning their views on the new energy management standard and its likely impact on industrial operations and energy efficiency policy in Latin America. 

The meeting is primarily targeted to representatives of industry and manufacturing enterprises, policy-makers from governmental energy agencies and national standards setting authorities, experts in energy management systems and industrial energy efficiency from the region.

By attending this meeting industry, policy makers and standards authorities from the region will have the opportunity to learn more about energy management standards; they will learn about international and regional peers’ experience, and better understand how ISO 50001 may and will impact their practices, performance and policies.

The meeting will provide industry and enterprises a key opportunity to participate in the ISO 50001 development process by voicing their concerns and interests, and to make recommendations to ISO PC 242.  It will allow policy-makers and other relevant institutions to be informed by and discuss with about the best options and measures to support industry in benefiting from the adoption and implementation of ISO 50001.

The meeting is jointly organized by UNIDO and the Brazilian Association of Technical Standardization (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas - ABNT) and it is supported also by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

About ABNT

The Brazilian Association of Technical Standardization (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas - ABNT) is a not-for-profit private entity.  Established in 1940, ABNT is responsible for the elaboration and diffusion of technical standards in the country.  ABNT main functions are to promote and manage the development of standards in Brazil, and to ensure and certify conformity of products, processes, services and systems in relation to standards or other normative documents.  ABNT represents Brazil in international standardization bodies, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), as well as in several regional standardization institutions.  In partnership with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ABNT holds the Secretariat of ISO PC 242. For more information please see


The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a global public-private partnership.  REEEP actively structures policy initiatives for clean energy markets and facilitates financing mechanisms for sustainable energy projects. By providing opportunities for concerted collaboration among its partners, REEEP aims to accelerate the marketplace for renewable energy and energy efficiency.  REEEP’s goals are: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deliver social improvements to developing countries and countries in transition; by improving the access to reliable clean energy services, by making renewable energy technologies more affordable; and to bring economic benefits to nations that use energy in a more efficient way and increase the share of indigenous renewable resources within their energy mix.  The partnership is funded by a number of governments including: Australia, Austria, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, The United States and the European Commission.  For more information please see

For the the Aide-Mémoire, please click here: English; Spanish

For the Flyer, please click here: English; Spanish

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Robert O. Williams
Chief, Energy Efficiency Unit
United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Mr. Marco Matteini
Energy Efficiency Unit
United Nations Industrial Development Organization