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February 6, 2013

Purdue TAP plans workshops on energy management standard

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program will offer workshops in Jasper and Fort Wayne on implementing the ISO 50001 international energy management standard.

The workshops will be run by Purdue's Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a unit of TAP.

ISO 50001 is an international standard released in 2011 by the International Organization for Standardization to help companies improve energy efficiency and reduce climate change impacts. It established a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organizations to manage energy. It is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 percent of the world's energy use.

Purdue TAP participated in the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office's Midwest demonstration project on ISO 50001 and is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable providers of assistance in the Midwest region. It offers guidance and support for any Indiana company considering implementing an energy management standard or system.

Participants in the workshops will learn about how ISO 50001 will drive continual improvement in energy performance. They will learn how implementation can improve a company's bottom line and lead to reductions in environmental compliance impacts and energy use costs. Another benefit of implementing ISO 50001 is that the energy management knowledge gained will help companies be better prepared for potential future regulations of greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Jasper workshop will be from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 21 in the first floor lecture hall of the Academic Classroom Building on the Vincennes University Jasper campus. Registration deadline is Feb. 18.

The Fort Wayne workshop will be from 8 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Registration deadline is March 18.

Cost for the workshops is $99. To register, go to http://www.mep.purdue.edu/events and click on Quality and Environmental Improvement.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Abbey Maddy, MEP marketing specialist, 317-275-6820, amaddy@purdue.edu