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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

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.