50001 Ready:
Achieve Decarbonization Goals and Improve Energy Performance

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What is 50001 Ready?

The U.S. Department of Energy's 50001 Ready program recognizes facilities and organizations that attest to the implementation of an ISO 50001-based energy management system. The program is a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvement that leads to deeper and sustained savings and does not require any external audits or certifications. 50001 Ready partners with utilities and other organizations that support and facilitate the implementation of 50001 Ready energy management systems.

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Companies Use 50001 Ready to Meet Climate Goals

Direct use of energy causes 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions, so managing energy is essential to achieving decarbonization. The 50001 Ready energy management initiative offers a practical path for any company to reduce energy use, save money, and meet decarbonization goals.

The Pathway to Decarbonization

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How to Achieve Continual Improvement

50001 Ready has mapped the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle of the ISO 50001 energy management system into 25 actionable tasks that foster continual improvement of energy management, with a suite of resources available to help each step along the way.

“50001 Ready has proven critical in managing operations at GM efficiently throughout this year’s challenges and positioned us well to meet our net-zero 2050 goals. Our implementation enabled us to establish common processes and procedures to increase efficiency, optimize production, and aid in effective remote troubleshooting. These actions have been indispensable in supporting GM’s responsiveness to the operational variabilities and challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Bob Baird, Energy Sustainment Manager, General Motors

Start Your 50001 Ready Journey Today

Interested in learning how 50001 Ready can help you reach your decarbonization goals? Reach out today and join our growing network of partners.

Ready to get started today? Check out the 50001 Ready Navigator, a user-friendly online tool offering step-by-step guidance.

50001 Ready Highlights

50001 Ready is a proven strategy for decarbonization.

  • Creates resilient organizational culture of continuing energy management improvement
  • Flexible framework for prioritizing decarbonization objectives
  • Free and user-friendly tools, materials, and programs for implementing and improving tailor-made energy management systems
  • Opportunities for training, collaboration, and recognition from the Department of Energy
  • Users may include other local programs like efficiency and renewables
  • Conforms with the globally recognized ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard

50001 Ready Participants

From giant corporations to small businesses and from NASA facilities to neighborhood schools, organizations across America are cutting carbon emissions, saving money, and saving energy with a 50001 energy management system.

  • Over 5,000 sites globally and growing
  • Every state has a 50001 Ready participant
  • U.S. auto sector, including GM and Ford, has adopted 50001 Ready as its collective platform to manage decarbonization
  • Heavy industry, including aluminum and steel plants
  • Government installations, including military bases, NASA facilities, correctional facilities, and national laboratories
  • Private and public hospitals
  • Data centers, including Google and Iron Mountain
  • Hotels, including Loews, Hilton and Marriott properties
  • K-12 schools

“I highly recommend 50001 Ready. It helps bring a structure to the chaos of managing several million square feet of energy-consuming facilities and large energy systems.”

Ray Throop, Energy Engineer, Operations and Maintenance Division, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, Directorate of Public Works

Early adopter organizations include:

“The 50001 Ready program and DOE (Department of Energy) leadership has enabled our team to better understand our buildings and build an energy management toolbox to implement at every Loews Hotel.”

Joe Thomas, VP of Engineering, Loews Hotels

Additional Information

50001 Ready Navigator
The 50001 Ready Navigator is a user-friendly online tool offering step-by-step guidance for managing energy and creating pathways to meet decarbonization commitments.
50001 Ready Case Studies
Learn more details about how specific companies successfully achieved 50001 Ready recognition.
50001 Ready Cohorts
The U.S. Department of Energy is providing free technical assistance to groups (cohorts) of energy team members of U.S.-based industrial, commercial, and institutional sites as they implement 50001 Ready.