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50001 Ready Navigator
What the Judges Said…
“From learning the basics about the 50001 standard to being able to track progress against its implementation, the open-source software platform democratizes a certification process usually reserved for private or in-house consultants.”
The 50001 Ready Navigator is a free, publicly available web-based tool developed by the US Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to drive an industry-wide culture change in energy management by bringing ISO 50001 to the masses. DOE studies show that adoption of ISO 50001-based practices results in sustained 4 – 5% reduction in annual energy consumption through low- and no-cost operational interventions.
Through a series of 25 tasks, the Navigator lays out the concepts, requirements, and best practices of ISO 50001 in plain language, translating them into actionable steps that can be understood by all levels of technical and decision-making staff. The Navigator provides users with over 100 resources, including templates, calculators, and business cases. It also offers a direct line of communication to technical experts at LBNL. To facilitate a team-based approach, users may form energy teams for their projects and communicate with each other directly within the Navigator platform.
As a publicly provided, open-source software platform, the 50001 Ready Navigator is the first of its kind to democratize best-in-class energy management principles, according to LBNL. Previously, actionable ISO 50001-based guidance was only available through paid consultants and implementation experts, making it out of reach for organizations that were not seeking formal certification. The Navigator removes this financial barrier while ensuring that the information is consistent, legible, and complete, LBNL says.
The Navigator was designed through open-source licensing to be easily adaptable by other organizations, utilities, and governments interested in hosting their own recognition program based on the structure set forth by DOE’s 50001 Ready program. The Navigator provides a defined structure for entities in the early stages of developing continual energy improvement programs and offers the technical architecture for providing training, technical assistance, and program recognition.
The Navigator offers training, action plans, and team management capabilities in a single platform. Since debuting in May 2017, the Navigator has promoted energy management best practices to a wide spectrum of professions and building industries, LBNL reports. Over 300 users from commercial, institutional, and industrial companies representing over 180 organizations worldwide have created accounts in the 50001 Ready Navigator and are in various stages of implementing 50001 Ready energy management systems. The Navigator has also been successfully used as a common platform from which to build international partnerships, including the translation of the Navigator into Spanish and French, for DOE’s 50001 Ready program.
Data from early adopters of 50001 Ready indicate the potential for substantial annual energy performance improvement, with one facility achieving over 8%. DOE’s potential market impact research has further estimated that broad adoption of ISO 50001-based practices could influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use across numerous economic sectors.