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EMWG Works with Commission for Environmental Cooperation to Launch Novel Trilateral Energy Efficiency Initiative

Companies across North America are invited to apply for the Energy Management Pilot Program

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), with the support of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM’s) Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), is spearheading an innovative pilot program to help North American companies reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This pilot program is directly aligned with the goal of the EMWG to accelerate the adoption of energy management systems (EnMS) in industry and commercial buildings.

In partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía, and the U.S. Department of Energy, the CEC is offering a series of training sessions in the three countries to support implementation of ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance® (SEP) program. Companies in the United States, Mexico, and Canada are applying now for selection to the training program, which will take place in 2016.

The North American Energy Management Pilot Program includes energy management training and coaching to implement the ISO 50001 standard, the globally accepted best practice for an EnMS. Participating companies can also take the extra step and demonstrate improved energy performance by seeking SEP certification. Benefits for companies include energy and cost savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and third-party verification of their energy performance.

This initiative supports efforts to develop a harmonized North American approach to energy management systems. It also promotes the implementation of more robust energy management practices in companies that have facilities located across the region.

To enroll, interested companies should already have experience with management systems (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, and OHSAS 18001). All selection criteria, along with information regarding the application process, are described in the CEC Energy Program webpage. The application deadline is 8 January 2016.

Interested companies can visit the Energy Program webpage and register to submit their applications online. For any questions, contact Nathalie Daoust, interim program manager, at

This story initially appeared as a CEC press release on 3 November, 2015.

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