Schneider Electric's head office in Rueil-Malmaison, France, has been certified as complying with the new ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems. Known as “the Hive,” (Hall of Innovation and Energy Showcase), the 376,000-plus square-foot building accommodates more than 1,800 employees.

The new ISO 50001 standard defines the requirements for the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of energy management systems. It's designed to help organizations continuously improve the energy performance of commercial and industrial buildings, optimize their use and reduce their operating costs. The standard was officially released in June.

“This latest certification recognizes our commitment to energy efficiency and our expertise in this field,” says Frédéric Abbal, president of Schneider Electric France. “More than ever, we are aiming for the highest standards in energy management for both our customers' buildings and our own. The Hive provides valuable feedback that we can leverage to develop efficient, operational energy performance solutions that create value for our customers.”

Other Schneider Electric sites are following in the Hive's footsteps. The commercial and R&D buildings in the Grenoble, France, area, for example, have already obtained NF EN 16001 certification and are now preparing to meet the new ISO 50001 standard.