ISO 50001: A Cross-sectoral Proven Platform for Decarbonization
Addressing climate change at scale will require rapid decarbonization of all sectors. Companies are increasingly motivated to decarbonize their operations and supply chains, as demonstrated by many setting ambitious emissions-related commitments and/or targets. Starting in 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have partnered with experienced consultants to train >480 participants from nearly 270 sites, across diverse geography, sizes, and sectors. They have helped sites implement ISO 50001-based energy management systems that enable setting up standard operating procedures to identify, evaluate, and implement efficiency and decarbonization projects. This effort has involved developing and deploying new resources, such as decarbonization guidance focused on Scope 1 and 2 emissions and a 50001-based Energy Management Assessment. Also, in-depth data have been collected via pre-, mid-, and post-program participant surveys, pre- and post-program gap assessments, and coaching call trackers. This talk will present new research findings, emphasizing how companies are leveraging 50001 to manage their decarbonization efforts. This talk will highlight cohort successes, challenges, and other insights from the application of decarbonization-focused 50001 Ready.
Dr. Peter Therkelsen is a Scientist in the Building and Industrial Applications Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on industrial energy management business practices and policies as well as the development and deployment of responsible heat and power technologies. In this role he actively studies barriers to the implementation of industrial energy efficiency measures, supports the implementation of energy management systems in the United States, and serves as a delegate of the United States at International Standards Organization meetings for energy management and savings.