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Global Awards Program to Recognize Leadership in Energy Management

CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards to honor organizations using ISO 50001-certified energy management systems

Friday, February 19, 2016

2/19/2016 Update: Please note that the deadline to submit entries has been extended to March 15, 2016.

Today, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) launched a global program to recognize organizations using an ISO 50001-certified energy management system to save energy and reduce costs. The CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards will raise global awareness of the benefits of energy management, helping accelerate broad implementation of these proven systems to help meet organizational, national, and global energy and climate goals. 

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. Worldwide implementation of ISO 50001 by large energy-using organizations is estimated to drive cumulative energy savings of 80 exajoules by 2025, cost savings of $800 billion, and 4,500 Mt of avoided CO2 emissions,1 equivalent to the annual output of 40 typical (500-megawatt) coal-fired power plants. 

“By integrating energy usage into regular business systems, the ISO 50001 standard has the potential to continually and cost-effectively improve the energy performance of industrial and commercial organizations,” said Dave Turk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Climate and Technology at the U.S. Department of Energy. “Recognizing organizations that demonstrate excellent global stewardship by pioneering this robust approach to energy management will provide inspiration for others to follow their example.” 

Industrial, commercial, and public sector companies or facilities that hold a current, third-party-verified ISO 50001 certificate are eligible to enter the Energy Management Leadership Awards program. To enter the competition, an organization must submit a copy of its ISO 50001 certificate and a structured case study, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of international experts. Three organizations will receive the prestigious CEM Award of Excellence for Energy Management. The winning organizations will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) meeting in San Francisco on June 2, 2016, which will be attended by energy ministers and leaders from businesses and other influential organizations from around the globe. 

Beyond the Award of Excellence, each organization that submits a qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems. Top-ranked submissions from each country will also be communicated to the appropriate country governments, which may present national energy management awards of their own. All accepted entries will be published online to highlight the range of benefits achieved through the use of ISO 50001-certified energy management systems. 

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards program website to learn more about the award rules, entry format, scoring, and recognition. The CEM’s Clean Energy Solutions Center hosted informational webinars on January 13 and January 20 / 21 (depending on time zone) on this inaugural program. The submission deadline has been extended to 15 March 2016.

This awards program is the latest in a series of high-impact activities launched by the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG). Through the EMWG, government officials worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective knowledge and experience to effectively accelerate the use of energy management systems in industry and commercial buildings. Governments participating in the EMWG include Australia, Canada, Chile, China (observer), the European Commission, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

1 This analysis conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assumes an annual 5% reduction in predicted energy consumption for the industrial and service sectors that implement ISO 50001 with a conservative adoption scenario assuming 25% by 2025 and 75% by 2050. Additional data sources used in these analyses include IEA, EIA (US DOE), and US EPA.

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