Standards Development


International Standard for Energy Management: ISO 50001
The ISO 50001 establishes an international framework for individual facilities or entire companies to manage energy, including all aspects of procurement and use. To qualify for Superior Energy Performance, a facility has to demonstrate conformance with ISO 50001 while meeting additional requirements to achieve and document energy intensity performance improvements.

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System Assessment Standards
To support industrial facilities implementing a management system for energy, assessment standards have been developed for specific energy systems that are widely deployed in industrial facilities. System assessment standards have been developed for compressed air, process heating, pumps, and steam. This portfolio of system assessment standards will expand over time to include additional system types.

These standards will help industry identify, document, and prioritize energy performance improvement opportunities. Use of the system assessment standards is not required for participation in Superior Energy Performance, but will provide value for participants looking to clearly define a pathway for achieving energy savings.

Project teams developed these standards with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) serving as the ANSI-accredited standards developer.

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Measurement and Verification Protocol
An essential element of certifying facilities for energy efficiency is validating performance through measurement and verification (M&V) The Superior Energy Performance Industrial M&amV Protocol offers a best practice methodology to 1) verify the results and impact from implementing the energy management standard; 2) quantify energy savings from specific measures or projects; and 3) track the change in energy performance at the facility. The M&V Protocol will be designed to document normalized energy performance indicators, such as Btu per pound of product, and to validate energy savings so that reported savings can be used to determine carbon impact.

The U.S. CEEM worked with Georgia Tech and KEMA to develop the Superior Energy Performance Industrial M&V Protocol, which has been piloted and is currently undergoing revisions.

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Texas Pilot Project
Five manufacturing facilities in Texas became the first facilities certified to the Superior Energy Performance program. Energy experts worked with these facilities to field test Superior Energy Performance program elements starting in 2008. The goal of the Texas Pilot Project was to verify that the processes, standards, and performance criteria under the Superior Energy Performance 1) were practical and achievable, 2) provided benefit to participating facilities, and 3) reliably identified facilities that meet the proposed certification criteria.

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