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Energy Management Working Group

Members and Their Programs

Current Membership

The Energy Management Working Group’s (EMWG’s) member governments—Argentina, Australia, Canada, 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—recognize the importance of the widespread implementation of energy management systems (EnMS).

The EMWG conducts activities that build the business case, design supportive programs and policies, provide technical support and resources, and engage the private sector—all of which enable governments to promote EnMS implementation. EWMG activities are selected and led by member governments represented by senior policy and program members and nominated technical experts. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the Operating Agent for the EMWG.

Member Programs

Each government is administering a program designed specifically to match its own needs. Together, the governments benefit from sharing knowledge, expertise, and best practices.

To learn more about an EnMS program and recognition, click the appropriate flag:


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The Australian Federal Government’s Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program required corporations that consumed more than 0.5 petajoules (PJ) annually to assess their energy use to identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency and report publicly on assessment outcomes and the business response. The activities under the EEO Program have ceased and future plans are in development. Visit Australia’s Energy Efficiency Exchange website for EnMS resources.


Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry program aids the adoption of an energy management standard and accelerates energy-saving investments and the exchange of best-practices information within Canada’s industrial sector. ecoENERGY Efficiency is conducting CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 standard implementation pilots and is currently offering cost-shared assistance through 2016 of up to 50% or C$40,000 to industrial companies to implement energy management projects for ISO 50001. The program’s partnership with industry, Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), supports the use of ISO 50001 and the Canadian version, CAN/CSA-ISO 50001. Visit the ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry program website.

For buildings, Canada is expanding its ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking system; several Canadian jurisdictions continue to consider mandatory reporting for commercial buildings using the Portfolio Manager tool. As of March 31, 2015, there were 10,000 buildings representing more than 17% of commercial/institutional floor space registered in the tool. Canada recently released a new 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food retail stores, see more details. Canada is also working on a series of energy retrofit guidelines for different building types (to be published online in 2016-17) to help building owners, managers and operators decide possible actions once they receive a rating or score from the Portfolio Manager tool.

Finally, through its Federal Buildings Initiative, Canada is working with 9-10 energy service companies pre-qualified to undertake energy retrofit in federal facilities using energy performance contracting (learn more about a project by the National Research Council of Canada). Finally, the Province of Alberta recently adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, 2011, bringing to 5 the number of provinces (British, Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia) who have adopted it. Because of its charter status, the City of Vancouver has also adopted the Code. Overall, the Code now impacts 70% of new commercial/institutional floor space.



The Chilean Ministry of Energy offers the Sello Eficiencia Energética, which recognizes companies leading in energy efficiency at the national level. The top distinction, Gold, honors Chilean organizations certified to ISO 50001 with at least two implemented energy efficiency (EE) measures. Silver recognizes those with a validated EnMS and one EE measure, and Bronze recognizes those with a designed energy manager and one EE measure. The initiative is administered by the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency (AChEE).



The Top 10000 Enterprises Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Action Plan jointly issued by China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and other eleven ministries requires the Top 10000 enterprises, who account for over 60% of China’s total energy consumption, to establish and improve energy management system according to GB/T 23331-2012 Energy Management System- Requirements (ISO 50001: 2011, IDT) during the 12th Five Year Plan period. As supportive standards, EnMS implementation guidance for specific sectors such as iron & steel and cement industries have been developed.

To promote EnMS establishment in Top 10000 enterprises, China Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and NDRC issued EnMS Certification Rules in May 2014 and have accredited 38 certification bodies to conduct certification in 15 business scopes including both energy supply and demand. By the end of 2014, about 980 enterprises had been certified, and approximately 70% of them were among the Top 10000 enterprises. In 2015, the final year of the 12th Year Plan, local governments are promoting Top 10000 enterprises to establish EnMS and many enterprises are actively applying for certification. Furthermore, in China Energy Efficiency Promotion in Industry project supported by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, World Bank and Global Environmental Facility, EnMS demonstration activities are under implementation to develop EnMS best practices.


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European Commission

The European Commission’s Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the European Union in order to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency. Visit the Energy Efficiency Directive website.


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The German government launched a comprehensive strategy in December 2014: the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE). By means of NAPE, the government strengthens the role of energy efficiency as the second pillar of the German Energy Transition (Energiewende) in addition to the deployment of renewable energies. All NAPE measures adhere to a common principle: Supply information, provide support, and demand action. Central short-term measures of NAPE include:

  • Stepping up energy efficiency in buildings, e.g. via extending and improving the CO2 Building Modernization Programme;
  • Introducing new competitive tendering for energy efficiency; and
  • Setting up and facilitating energy efficiency networks of companies in cooperation with business and industry associations.

Among many other actions, German legislation requires larger companies to implement an energy management system according to ISO 50001 if they want to apply for exemptions from certain energy tax and price elements. Furthermore, NAPE establishes an exemption for large-scale enterprises (non-SMEs) from their obligation of carrying out regular energy audits if they operate an energy management system certified to DIN EN ISO 50001 or an EMAS environmental management system. In 2014, 3.402 GER companies were certified according to the ISO 50001 standard. This group of companies represents more than 50% of the global ISO 50001 certifications awarded in 2014. Germany has also established Learning Energy Efficiency Networks to facilitate training opportunities and peer-to-peer exchanges on energy efficiency among a group of similar-situated private sector companies. Experience has shown that companies which participated in energy efficiency doubled their energy efficiency progress rate and reduced energy demand by ~10% over 4–5 years.


The Perform, Achieve, and Trade (PAT) scheme is a market-based mechanism to promote energy efficiency in the country’s most energy-intensive industrial units and is a component of the National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE). Under the PAT scheme, every Designated Consumer (DC) is assigned a specific energy consumption reduction target and receives tradable, certified energy savings credits upon achieving gains beyond that target. These credits can be purchased if DCs do not meet the target. The PAT Scheme has many components which are compatible with ISO 50006 Energy management systems – Measuring energy performance using energy baselines (EnB) and energy performance indicators (EnPI) – General principles and guidanceThe Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) also oversees the certification procedures for India’s energy managers and energy auditors. Visit BEE. 


Indonesia has issued a ministerial regulation on energy management, No 14/2012, which obliges energy users ≥ 6000 TOE/year to implement energy management. The ISO 50001 energy management system had been adopted as national standard, SNI 50001:2012; the accreditation scheme for the standard was issued in 2014. The Competency Standard for energy managers was revised to adopt SNI ISO 50001:2012 in 2014.

Indonesia has launched a national program on EnMS and ISO 50001 in cooperation with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO): the Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency through System Optimization and Energy Management Standard in Indonesia program. Some industries and companies have implemented ISO 50001 Energy Management System Training.



Energy management is regulated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s (METI) Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy (the “Energy Conservation Law”) that obligates businesses that use 1,500 kL of energy or more to conduct energy management, such as appointment of an energy manager, development of an energy management plan, and annual reporting to the government. The Energy Conservation Center of Japan (ECCJ) assists with research on and implementation of energy conservation programs, including over  one thousand cases of basic level energy audits (diagnostic studies) for medium and small companies of charge free yearly under the support of METI. Visit the ECCJ website in English or Japanese (alternate Japanese website). 


The National Program for Energy Management Systems (PRONASGEn), which is operated by the National Commission for Energy Efficiency (Conuee) looks to overcome and/or minimize the main barriers and bad practices that prevent energy users from adopting energy efficiency measures in a systematic way. PRONASGEn also aims to support the formal adoption of Energy Management Systems (EnMS). Under this program, Conuee will collaborate with the main industrial chambers and trade associations in Mexico, and integrating the support from international cooperation agencies. Please visit the CONUEE website in English or Spanish.

Republic of Korea

As one of energy management programs under the 4th basic plan of energy use rationalization, KEMCO has been supporting industrial plants and commercial buildings, especially those that are energy intensive, to implement Energy Management System (EnMS) since 2007 with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE). Successfully implemented within the context of national policy frameworks, EnMS, a standard or an energy management protocol, is expected to increase energy efficiency, reduce costs and improve energy performance while reducing GHG emission systematically. Visit KEMCO’s EnMS program website in English or Korean.

Saudi Arabia

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South Africa

South Africa is partnering with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) to offer a national award through the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards. The national award is offered by the South African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), supported by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC).


Sweden is currently implementing the energy efficiency EU directive, and has a new law for energy audits/reviews in large enterprises. Organizations will be audited every 4 years starting in December 2015 unless they are certified to ISO 50001.  Also, this law requires skills and there is a voluntary certification on energy services for auditors. Sweden is using the European structure to provide support to SMEs, and will likely use networks (whether national, complicated sectors, or local/regional). These networks will include the use of energy management lite as well as other benchmarking tools. On the buildings side, Sweden does have networks of commercial buildings owners (representing 27-28% of commercial buildings) that perform renovation projects and aim for a 50% reduction in energy consumption, while considering return on investment. The results from these networks have contributed to the formation of a national strategy for low energy buildings during 2014. The participating building owners are working with energy management of buildings but most are not using ISO 50001.

United Arab Emirates

Information to be added soon.

United States

Superior Energy Performance (SEP) is a voluntary certification and recognition program for facilities demonstrating energy management excellence and sustained energy savings. SEP expands upon the ISO 50001 energy management standard—adding a structured approach, savings targets, and third-party verification to certify both conformance to the ISO 50001 standard and the resulting energy savings. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office. While SEP offers national recognition, DOE encourages SEP certified facilities to participate in the CEM awards program for global energy management recognition. Visit the SEP program website.

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