ISO 50001 is under revision after its first five years of service. But as the energy management standard that held so much promise for a clean energy future enters this new stage, the time is ripe to ask the question: “How has it done so far?”
“Last year the world set two new records – global investment in renewable energy was the highest ever, and, for the first time, more than half of the worldʼs new electric capacity came from clean sources.” Those were the words of US President Barack Obama, delivered via a video recording to the audience of energy ministers from around the globe at the 2016 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) in San Francisco, USA.
That was the good news. President Obama went on to warn that we are treading an alarming threshold when it comes to global temperatures. “We have to accelerate our transition to the clean energy of tomorrow,” he admonished, drawing attention to last yearʼs COP21 climate change conference in Paris where, together with 19 other countries, the US announced a new goal to double its clean energy research over the next five years.
The world is ready for change. In September 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping made history when he ratified the Paris Agreement signed at COP21, a move followed suit by the US – the two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. But as President Obama recognized at the CEM, this is a goal that governments cannot achieve alone. Business leaders have a role to play; individual companies can make a powerful contribution to addressing the energy challenge in their day-to-day activities. It helps, of course, when these actions also benefit the companyʼs bottom line.
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