A lot as happened during the summer. Firstly, the International Standard Organization (ISO) published their standard for energy management systems, ISO 50001, in June. A short commercial is actually up on youtube:
Some interesting examples can be found in their press release, both from smaller and larger companies: “[Ken Hamilton, Director, Global Energy and Sustainability Services, Hewlett Packard] cited the experience of two plants. One of them was a plant owned by a major company, Dow Chemicals. The plant reduced its use of energy by 17.9 % over two years. At the same time, ISO 50001 principles are also successfully implemented by small businesses as shown by the experience of the other plant, CCP, of Houston, Texas, employing 36 people. In two years, it achieved energy savings of 14.9 %, worth USD 250 000 a year with zero capital investment.”
Further, Marco Matteini, at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), underlined “the importance and relevance of ISO 50001 for organizations in emerging economies.”
Later that summer, I was an observer during the 62nd meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at IMO, together with some fellow PhD students from Chalmers and the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University. All in all a very interesting experience to witness such a historic meeting. Whether or not the measures proposed will be sufficient to curb increasing CO2 emissions and encourage improved energy efficiency remains to be seen and would be an interesting topic for further research.