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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:

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

EMWG Results

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.

Activities and Resources

  • See the Energy Management Working Group Fact Sheet
  • See Build the Business Case, Provide Support and Resources, and Set Policy for more information about EMWG activities underway.
  • Conference Papers and Presentations

    • 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.