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Clean Energy Ministerial 4 (CEM4)

17–18 April 2013, New Delhi, India

Energy Management Systems


Industrial facilities account for almost 30% of global energy end use, and both governments and industry are increasingly looking for cost-effective ways to reduce that energy demand. Energy management systems (EnMS) provide a process of continuous energy management and performance improvement, allowing organizations to systematically track, analyze, and optimize their energy use. These systems are proving to be very effective in achieving industrial energy efficiency goals and also have the added benefit of improving productivity in companies.  

Governments around the world have a central role in promoting EnMS as a viable means of reducing energy consumption and accelerating the uptake of systems.  Some governments have dedicated significant resources to encouraging uptake of EnMS by creating supporting policies and incentives, offering tools and technical assistance, and outlining clear energy management frameworks to encourage uptake. Other non-governmental players are also driving uptake. Energy providers, multinational companies and multilateral and commercial banks around the world have started to initiate large-scale energy efficiency programs that have EnMS at their heart. Despite this global push for EnMS, widespread adoption remains a challenge.

Participants at this round table session will look at the key design elements of large-scale energy management programs as well as government, industry, energy providers and banks’ role in promoting corporate adoption.

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Discussion Topics

  • What is the best way to ensure that programs encouraging the adoption of energy management systems cater to the needs of industry?
  • What kind of government policies and support structures are required to promote successful EnMS adoption and encourage industry to develop their own initiatives?
  • How can sector associations and manufacturing companies encourage EnMS adoption in smaller and less-experienced companies, including within their own supply chain?
  • What support structures can help energy service companies and industry to deal with issues such as technology selection, lack of capacity and finance?
  • How can financial institutions be induced to routinely integrate EnMS and other energy efficiency considerations into their lending?
  • How can a coordinated international collaboration effort help the national public-private collaboration efforts?