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Drive to (ISO) 50001: Campaign and Awards Spur Commitment

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Analysis shows that broad implementation of ISO 50001 across the commercial and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, saving over $600 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 MT of CO2 emissions. Photo: NREL
Commercial and industrial sectors have the most to gain—and to contribute—by implementing energy management systems (EnMS). Wide EnMS adoption will deliver energy, economic, and sustainability benefits to companies, communities, and countries around the world. Even greater value from EnMS is achievable through the ISO 50001 energy management standard, a strategic approach to energy management that has demonstrated tremendous value. 

Responding to the powerful—but largely untapped—potential, the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), seeks to accelerate broad use of EnMS in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. To this end, the EMWG recently launched the Energy Management Campaign to drive private sector uptake of ISO 50001. The Working Group is also currently accepting submissions for the 2017 Energy Management Leadership Awards, through which the CEM and IPEEC honor organizations that are successfully implementing ISO 50001.

In the wake of the Paris Agreement, organizations recognize that reducing their carbon footprints is imperative, dictated both by corporate social responsibility and the bottom line. Yet implementing a series of narrowly focused short-term projects yields similarly narrow results. Achieving true sustainability requires a long-term corporate vision. 

ISO 50001 provides a proven framework to guide management in attaining this vision, using a systematic approach for continual, year-on-year energy usage reduction. The standard is robust, requiring technical rigor and ongoing verification. Regardless of a company’s starting point, size, or sector, this framework helps develop a policy for efficient energy use, set targets to drive progress, and use data to make decisions about energy use.

Since the publication of the ISO 50001 standard in 2011, over 15,000 worldwide facilities have been certified to ISO 50001, and case studies of implementing organizations are showing energy performance improvements of 10% or more and achieving net cost savings, often through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations.

The standard’s implementation will have impressive global impact as well. Analysis shows that broad implementation of ISO 50001 across the commercial and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, saving over $600 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 MT of CO2 emissions. The projected annual emissions savings in 2030 are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.

Hence the mission of the Energy Management Campaign: to achieve a goal of 50,001 global certifications by 2020. The Campaign is soliciting concrete commitments from governments, non-government organizations, and the private sector to foster awareness of energy management and action toward the 50,001 target. Participating organizations benefit through high-level recognition, networking and information-sharing, and access to guidance, tools, and training.

Both key Campaign contributors and Energy Management Leadership Award winners will be honored at the 2017 Clean Energy Ministerial in China. This high-profile event will gather clean energy leaders from around the world, including energy ministers from the 25 governments active in the CEM.

The CEM and IPEEC provide more information about the Campaign, the awards, and other EMWG activities. Please visit http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Our-Work/Initiatives/Energy-Management

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