The ISO website ‘Using and referencing ISO and IEC standards to support public policy‘ draws attention to the relatively new management system standard, ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use.
There are a variety of examples of where has been used. One of the leading examples is in Germany where, ‘the new German voluntary agreement with energy intensive industry entered into force in 2013. Industries that comply with the terms of the agreement are eligible for a tax rebate on energy tax. Under the new agreement companies need to introduce energy management systems or audits until the end of 2015 with certification according to EMAS or DIN EN ISO 50001’.
Other examples are also shared from a range of countries, from Chile to Kazkhstan, Ireland to Canada.
Further information from the ISO website