2016 recipients of the top energy management awards were honored by energy ministers at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). Left to right: representatives from Cummins, LG Chem, and New Gold.
Organizations that have an ISO 50001-certified energy management system may compete for prestigious awards from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM)—a high-level global forum working to advance clean energy globally. Announced today, the 2017 CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards will raise global awareness of the benefits of energy management and accelerate uptake of these systems to support corporate, national, and global climate goals.
“Organizations are discovering that they can cost-effectively improve their energy performance by adopting an energy management system certified to the ISO 50001 standard,” said Graziella Siciliano, U.S. coordinator of the CEM’s Energy Management Working Group. “Recognizing organizations that pioneer this robust approach to energy management will inspire others to realize the energy, economic and environmental benefits.”
Industrial, commercial, and public sector companies or facilities are eligible to enter the Energy Management Leadership Awards if they hold a current, third-party-verified ISO 50001 certificate. To enter the competition, each organization must submit a structured case study describing their energy management experience and the resulting benefits, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of international experts.
Top entries will receive the prestigious CEM 2017 Award of Excellence for Energy Management. These winning organizations will be recognized next year during the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) meeting, which will be held in China and attended by energy ministers and corporate leaders from around the globe.
Beyond the Award of Excellence, each organization that submits a qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems. Top-ranked submissions from each country will also be communicated to the appropriate country governments, which may present national energy management awards of their own.
Interested parties are encouraged to visit the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards website to learn more about the award rules, entry format, scoring, and recognition. The submission deadline is 14 February 2017.
All accepted entries will be published online to highlight the range of benefits achieved through the use of ISO 50001-certified energy management systems. Award winning entries from the inaugural 2016 awards program are featured on the CEM website and in the EWMG’s case study library, where case studies can be sorted by industry and country.
Facilities using energy management systems certified to the global ISO 50001 standard are realizing initial energy improvements of 10% or more through low-cost or no-cost changes in operating practices. It is estimated that worldwide implementation of ISO 50001 across service and industrial sectors could cumulatively cut energy use by 62 exajoules by 2030—saving more than $600 billion and avoiding 6,500 Mt of CO2 emissions. These emissions reductions are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.
This awards program is the latest in a series of high-impact activities launched by the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), a joint initiative of the CEM and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. Through the EMWG, government officials worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective knowledge and experience to accelerate the effective use of energy management systems. Governments participating in the EMWG include Australia, Canada, Chile, China (observer), the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The EMWG leads the CEM Energy Management Campaign, a call to action urging governments, business, industry, and other key partners to use the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. The Campaign aims to achieve 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020.