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Denmark Joins CEM’s Energy Management Working Group to Bolster International Efforts

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kim Møller Porst, ‎Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate

An offshore wind farm in the Øresund outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark has joined the EMWG and Energy Management Campaign; energy management is a critical part of the country’s strategy to be fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Photo credit: Flickr/La Citta Vita
Denmark is proud to announce our partnership in the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM’s) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) and Energy Management Campaign, which seek to accelerate broad and effective use of energy management systems in industry and commercial buildings worldwide.

This step continues a history of leadership in energy management. In 2001, we became one of the first countries to implement an energy management standard. The standard provided organizations with energy management implementation guidelines and served as inspiration for later standards, including the European standard DS/EN 16001:2009, which the international standard ISO 50001 replaced in 2011.

ISO 50001 is the primary focus of the Energy Management Campaign, a drive to reach 50,001 global certifications to the standard by 2020. The standard is one of Denmark’s key tools for increasing energy efficiency and (thus) reducing energy consumption. Organizations that have adopted ISO 50001 have realized initial energy improvements of 10% or more, demonstrating the standard’s energy and carbon dioxide reduction potential. Energy management is a critical part of Denmark’s strategy to achieve our ambitious climate and clean energy goals of being fully independent of fossil fuels by 2050.

In addition to using energy management systems domestically, Denmark has been leveraging its experience internationally. Since 2014, we have cooperated with Mexico through the Mexican–Danish Climate and Energy Cooperation to help Mexico reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 22%–36% below Business as Usual by 2030 and generate 35% of its electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2024. To help meet these targets, Mexico—which co-leads both the EMWG and the Campaign—has committed to developing an innovative program that will increase the adoption of energy management systems based on ISO 50001 among large energy users in the industrial and commercial sectors and in the federal government. Our experience is helping Mexico develop a voluntary agreement scheme based on practical implementation of ISO 50001 energy management systems for energy-intensive industries to reduce their energy consumption and help Mexico meet its new energy efficiency goals.

Both EMWG and the Campaign will strengthen Denmark’s national efforts to promote ISO 50001 by increasing awareness of best practices from other global frontrunner countries. By building the business case for energy management, we look to increase uptake of ISO 50001 and reduce energy consumption in the private sector.

In addition, as members of EMWG and the Campaign, we will be able to work with other CEM member countries, sharing best practices from our solid experience on energy management—particularly our regulation and industrial leadership—and benefiting from new perspectives. Denmark’s contribution to the campaign will be anchored in the systematic bilateral energy cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency with selected emerging economies, such as China, Mexico, South Africa, and Indonesia. In particular, the increased international cooperation through the CEM’s efforts will enable us to support the Mexican–Danish Climate and Energy Cooperation more effectively.

Denmark looks forward to next steps in these multilateral, multisector ventures.

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