Google and ISO 50001

BY Olivia Franklin ON 25th November 2016.



Google has become an integral part within our daily lives, ensuring we can find information within milliseconds. But have we ever given a thought to the energy required to run such a system. How energy-efficient is Google?

Google has a long-standing commitment to the environment and energy efficiency. They took it a step further by becoming the first company in North America to achieve a multi-site ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) certificate.

Using ISO 50001 as a framework they were able to establish a more structured and formalised energy management system. The company continues to reduce its energy use and emissions through improved efficiency.  Here, Laura Franceschini, Program Manager at Google, explains:

“Googleʼs data centres are the engines of the Internet – they power all of our products and services and represent the vast majority of our energy consumption. When you use Google products like Search, Gmail and YouTube, the servers in our data centres do the work for you – around the clock and around the world. We work hard to minimise the environmental impact of our services, so that when you use our products, you are also using less energy.”

ISO 50001 is based on the management system model of other well-known standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality Management) or ISO 14001 (Environmental Management). ISO 50001 helps organisations manage energy supply and energy uses and consumption, including measurement, documentation and reporting, design and procurement practices for energy using equipment, systems, processes, and personnel.

As we continue our quest for energy efficiency, ISO 50001 is one of the best standards to implement. If it’s good enough for Google, it’s good enough for you.

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