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The ISO Factor: New Standards for Energy Management

August 15, 2011

ISO logoEarlier this summer, the International Organization for Standardization, better known as ISO, introduced its highly anticipated standards program for energy management - ISO 50001. Meant to establish a framework of improved energy efficiency and management for organizations across the globe, early estimates predict the new standard could positively influence up to 60 percent of the world's energy use.


While this voluntary standard exists for the public and private sector, and all manner of industries and service areas, those of us in and around the data center marketplace can't help but notice the correlation between continued governance on energy consumption and the ways in which data centers are helping drive the discussion.

Interestingly enough, a recent report entitled "Growth in data center electricity use 2005 to 2010," by Jonathan G. Koomey, consulting professor at Stanford University, indicates that power consumption in the data center increased by 36 percent over the five-year period, far less than the initially forecast 100% increase.

While the report offers a measured sense of relief for the perceived energy consumption of data centers on the whole, new standards such as ISO 50001 will further define, help regulate and ultimately reduce unnecessary energy and power use across the board.

Of course, Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is also familiar with ISO standards in a different way, with all three of our main United States manufacturing and operational facilities bearing the prestigious ISO 9001 certification, which recognizes the implementation and maintenance of a dedicated Quality Management System within and across the organization. It's a distinction we take to heart for the high level of quality that goes into not only our products and processes, but the people we employ to make it happen.

As always, we'll stay tapped into all the latest ISO updates and data center related news as it becomes available. Be sure to check out an entire list of our industry affiliations here. Jeff Cihocki, eContent Specialist 

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