Energy Management & Resource Efficiency

Published standards:

Energy management

BS EN 16001:2009
Energy management systems. Requirements with guidance for use

Waste management

PAS 402
Waste resource management. Specification for performance reporting

Forthcoming standards:

ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems (due 2011)

BS EN Energy audits (due 2012)
This standard will cover four elements: General requirements plus specific sections for Buildings, Process and Transport. The aim is to cover three levels of audit: Initial assessment, detailed survey and investment-grade audit.

BS EN Methodology for calculation, declaration and reporting on energy consumption and GHG emissions in transport services (goods and passengers transport).

This new standard is expected to benefit organizations, people, and all stakeholders by providing clarity and consistency for calculating, declaring and reporting on energy use and GHG emissions of transport services.

Waste management in BSI’s Sustainability portfolio:

  • Emerging theme (particularly its resource efficiency and waste minimization aspect)
  • Links with eco-design, recyclability, waste reduction (these are already in a number of BSI areas including sustainability, design, construction, materials and ICT) – coordination will be key
  • Links with sustainable procurement and responsible sourcing; links with sustainable events theme
  • Waste management/minimization standardization overview – a research project undertaken in 2009 to determine the need for a standard on waste minimisation and/or identify other standardization needs. BIS and DEFRA are working with BSI to assess the role of standards in waste and resource management. The Government is exploring whether standards could provide further help and support to individual businesses and others in decisions on how to make the most efficient use of material resources in their activities and on how to minimise and manage their waste – to benefit both them and the environment

Sustainable water management and water accounting:

This area is gradually becoming more important to stakeholders worldwide. Water efficiency and footprinting are regarded as the next step from carbon footprinting. There is growing acknowledgement of the need to shift from the “single issue” focus on carbon to address the wider implications of climate change. Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of their water responsibilities and are looking for tools to help them quantify and manage their water footprint.

ISO 14046 Water Footprint: Requirements and Guidelines (due 2012)

This standard will outline the requirements and guidelines for assessing and reporting the water footprint of products, processes and organizations. In addition, entities such as countries, communities and watersheds can be assessed using this approach. It is based on the impact assessment phase of Life Cycle Assessment. The standard will provide guidance for calculating a water footprint as either i) a single issue indicator (“water footprint”), or ii) an impact category (“water use”) that is part of a more comprehensive environmental assessment.

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