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Overview

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) seeks to accelerate broad use of energy management systems (EnMS) in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. Wide adoption of these systems will deliver energy, economic, and sustainability benefits to companies, communities, and countries around the world.

The EMWG’s member governments leverage their resources and take collective action to strengthen national and international efforts to make EnMS adoption easier around the globe. The EMWG also engages private industry, non-government organizations (NGOs), standards and accreditation bodies, and regional energy efficiency programs to combine strengths and support cohesive national and regional energy and climate strategies. Partnerships with organizations such as ISO and UNIDO also strengthen the EMWG’s focus on quality implementation of EnMS and ISO 50001, the international energy management standard. By sharing their knowledge, expertise, and experience, the EMWG and its partners:

  • Build the Business CaseMake the private sector aware of the business case for energy management and its value in maintaining competitiveness.
    • Energy Management Leadership Awards
    • Case Studies
    • Energy Performance Database
  • Provide Support and Resources: Provide guidance and resources to support national and regional implementation of energy management.
    • Energy Management Toolbox
    • M&V Guidance (on Data Quality, Decision Tree, and Energy Accounting)
  • Set PolicyEstablish energy management as a key energy efficiency strategy for the industrial and commercial buildings sectors.
    • Energy Management Campaign
    • ISO 50001 Auditor Certification
    • EnMS Pilot Projects
    • ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network and ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool

Participating governments include Argentina, Australia, Canada [lead], Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United States [lead]. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the Operating Agent for the EMWG.

The EMWG engages in active peer sharing on strategies, experiences, and best practices to promote energy management. Through collective action, these governments individually:

  • Learn from each other
  • Strengthen and compile implementation data 
  • Access proven tools and resources
  • Advance domestic workforce training and credentialing
  • Accelerate contributions to national goals for energy, climate, and competitiveness

These actions collectively enable EMWG members, private sector partners, and supporting organizations to identify actions and commitments to promote EnMS

Key Accomplishments

Pilot programs and case studies are demonstrating the business value of implementing energy management systems. Facilities in the United States, Australia, and Canada have shown energy performance improvements of 10% or more. The case studies are now being shared with other countries and companies. 

Key Activities
  • National Programs to Build Capacity for Effective ISO 50001 Implementation in North America: This paper presents activities across North America related to effective implementation of ISO 50001. There are a range of program activities described, with a special focus on 1) personnel credentialing programs, and 2) developing a methodology to predict energy savings and GHG reductions resulting from future ISO 50001 implementation. Presented at eceee Industrial Efficiency 2016 in Berlin, view the paper.
  • Energy Management Systems: A More Comprehensive Approach to Energy Efficiency in Cities: Presented at the Conference on Energy Efficiency in Cities in Mexico, view the presentation.
  • Models for Driving Energy Efficiency Nationally Using Energy Management: Governments are now implementing various approaches to accelerate industry uptake of energy management systems, such as promoting compliance with the ISO 50001 energy management standard. This paper explores three approaches now in use: mandated programs (Japan); incentive programs (Sweden); and market-based certification programs (United States). Presented at the eceee 2014 Industrial Summer Study in the Netherlands, view the paper and presentation.
  • ISO 50001 Success Stories: Presented at the Energy Summit 2014 in Canada, view the presentation: EWMG.  
  • Accelerating Energy Management Globally: Though national policies and programs to drive EnMS implementation vary, members of the EMWG are successfully collaborating on projects to build and improve the business case for energy management, workforce capacity, and measurement and verification. This paper describes a variety of EMWG projects. Presented at the IETC 2014 in the United States, view the paper and presentation.
  • International Approaches to Measurement and Verification of Continual Improvement in Industrial Facilities: This paper reviews a number of existing guidance documents from the six countries involved in the EMWG, in terms of how they address M&V issues, what context they’re designed for, and what elements might be needed to extend them to address other contexts. Presented at the ACEEE Industrial Summer Study 2013 in the United States and the 8th Southern African Energy Efficiency Convention in South Africa, view the paper.
  • Recommendations on Job-Specific Knowledge and Skill Areas for Energy Management System Implementation in Industry and Commercial Buildings: These job-specific recommendations are based on an inventory of relevant knowledge and skill areas prescribed by existing workforce training programs in five EMWG member countries: Australia, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and the United States. Presented at the ACEEE Industrial Summer Study 2013 in the United States, view the paper.

Visit the full library of EMWG publications for case studies, fact sheets, and additional papers and reports.

Policy opportunities

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) aims to establish energy management as a key energy efficiency strategy for the industrial and commercial buildings sectors, and works with governments and partners to create or expand programs and policies to promote EnMS adoption. These programs and policies can target the private sector, but EMWG also recommends that governments expand the use of EnMS to publicly owned facilities.

Linking EnMS to positive impacts on productivity and climate change

Energy Management Campaign: Governments, business, industry, and other key partners are using the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. Evidence shows that organizations adopting the ISO 50001 standard are realizing initial energy improvements of 10% or more and achieving net cost savings, mostly through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations. ISO 50001 supports the global climate agenda and provides a universal, reliable benchmark for measuring progress toward energy and climate goals. The Energy Management Campaign was launched at the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial with significant enthusiasm from global leaders from governments, private sector companies, and energy and climate-focused organizations. The campaign will continue to seek additional commitments until the goal—50,001 certifications globally—is achieved.  

View commitments being made on the Energy Management Campaign’s webpage

Get Involved: Global public and private sector leaders are taking action to implement EnMS and use the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. View these commitments and join the Campaign at DriveTo50001.org.

ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network and ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool: The EMWG gathers data to analyze the impact of ISO 50001 on productivity and climate change. Internationally acceptable methods for data collection, measurement, and analysis yield more informed business and policy decisions. In response to this need, the EMWG’s ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network is developing and refining a transparent methodology that can be used at the national or regional level to predict, quantify, and demonstrate the value of ISO 50001. This methodology is embedded in the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001).

The EMWG analyses provide corporate and government leaders with the reliable data needed to assess the value of ISO 50001 to their organizations and the customers or constituents that they serve. In addition, stakeholders can obtain a clearer picture of progress toward energy and climate commitments.

Get Involved: Policymakers, corporate leaders, researchers, and others: use the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001) to gain insight into the energy and emissions savings potential from the implementation of ISO 50001. Technical support is available to countries who would like to use the IET 50001 to estimate national potential. Contact the Secretariat for more information.

Creating reliability in ISO 50001 outcomes globally

Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification: EMWG partners came together to create the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification Program to establish a standardized and high level of knowledge and skills for ISO 50001 Lead Auditors globally. The EPI Certification Program is consistent with ISO/IEC 17024 and ISO 50003. Implementation Principles guide the use of the Program. 

EMWG governments established a consensus-based international certification scheme and international exam for the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor, including a job task analysis and general principles concerning its implementation. The ISO 50001 EnMS standard has a dual focus on the development of an EnMS and data-driven improvements in energy performance. This dual focus requires a set of skills in the business processes of a management system and the technical requirements of energy performance that are unique in the field of conformity assessment. The effectiveness of ISO 50001 requires auditors with these skills. The EPI certification program was developed to address the global shortage of qualified professionals with these critical skill sets. 

Governments can individually choose how to implement the certification scheme in their own country and should work with local personnel certification bodies, national standards and accreditation bodies, and other stakeholders to customize how the EPI program is implemented domestically or regionally. The EMWG is establishing the Energy Professionals International as a non-profit organization to license the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification Scheme and, optionally, the International Exam to interested personnel certification bodies.

Get Involved: Energy Professionals International is licensing the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Certification and (optional) International Exam to personnel certification bodies in any interested country under a licensing agreement. Visit the EPI website or contact the EMWG Secretariat for more information on how to participate. View the activity fact sheet.

Enhancing EnMS program design through pilot projects

EnMS Pilot Projects: EWMG members are sharing best practices, resources, and protocols to conduct pilot projects that have focused on EnMS implementation, and are measuring results with companies on a national level. In Canada, a two-year pilot supported by the EMWG resulted in a 15.2 percent energy performance improvement at a 3M Canada manufacturing facility. The Republic of Korea recently completed a round of pilot projects. Companies that participated in demonstration projects in the United States are pursuing and achieving certification.

North American Energy Management Pilot Program (NAEMPP): The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy) (CONUEE) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), is partnering with nine companies in Canada, Mexico and the United States to implement the NAEMPP. Through the program, selected facilities from these companies will implement the ISO 50001 energy management system standard and the Superior Energy Performance® program. The NAEMPP involves a series of training workshops in 2016 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Qualified participants will learn how to apply a corporate-level energy management system and share best practices across multiple facilities, throughout North America and worldwide. Visit the CEC's North American Energy Management Pilot Program web page and read the news announcement for more information.

Contact the Secretariat for more information.

Participating countries
Australia
Australia
Canada
Canada
Chile
Chile
China
China
Denmark
Denmark
European Commission
European Commission
Finland
Finland
Germany
Germany
India
India
Indonesia
Indonesia
Korea
Korea
Mexico
Mexico
Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
South Africa
Sweden
Sweden
UAE
United Arab Emirates
United States
United States
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