Energy Efficiency standards

From Electrical Installation Guide

Scope of application of standards

It is important to differentiate standards which apply to a complete site assessment, to standards which apply to measurement devices used to help site assessments, as shown in Figure K4:

Fig. K4 – Scope of application of some standards related to Energy Efficiency
Assessment of a complete site Assessment tools Devices used to assess the site
Logo ISO.png ISO 50001
Energy Management Systems –
Requirements with guidance for use
Logo ISO.png ISO 50006
Energy Baseline (EnBs) & Energy Performance Indicators (EnPIs)


Logo IEC.png IEC 60364-8-1
Low voltage installations –
Part 8-1: Energy Efficiency

Logo Afnor.png FD X30-147[a]
Measurement plan for energy performance monitoring

PMD (Power Meters)

Logo IEC.png IEC 61557-12
Power Metering and Monitoring devices (PMD)
Gateways, energy servers, data loggers

Logo IEC.png IEC 62974-1
Monitoring and measuring systems used for data collection, gathering and analysis – Part 1: Device requirements
  1. ^ FD X30-147 is a guide published by AFNOR (French national organization for standardization), which specifies the requirements, methodology and deliverables for the design, implementation, operation, maintenance and improvement of a metering system.

ISO 50001

ISO 50001 "Energy management systems - Requirements with guidance for use" is the main international standard providing requirements on Energy management Systems (EnMS). It provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:

  • Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
  • Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
  • Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
  • Measure the results
  • Review how well the policy works, and
  • Continually improve energy management.

The Energy management system model required in ISO 50001 is described in Figure K5:

Fig. K5 – Energy management system model for ISO 50001

ISO 50006

ISO 50006 is a companion standard of ISO 50001, providing practical guidance on how to monitor energy efficiency with the help of energy performance indicators (EnPI) measured on periods. Comparing EnPI between the baseline period and the reporting period means measuring energy efficiency improvements, see Figure K6.

EnPI = value or measure that quantifies results related to energy efficiency, use and consumption in facilities, systems, processes and equipment as a whole or in part.
EnB = quantifies energy performance during a specified time period to be used as a base reference for comparing energy performance.

The organization should consider the specific energy performance targets while identifying and designing EnPIs and EnBs.

One element highlighted in ISO 50006 is the importance of defining and quantifying the factors or variables which may have an impact on energy consumption (such as external temperature, occupancy …) in order to compare energy performance under equivalent conditions.

Fig. K6 – Concept of Baseline period and Reporting period for EnPI
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