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GSEP Promoting Workforce Training Programs that Advance Proficiency in Energy Management

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Author: Graziella Siciliano, Initiative lead for the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership

The industrial and commercial buildings sectors jointly account for approximately 60% of global energy use.1 Organizations in these sectors can reduce their energy use 10% to 40% by effectively implementing energy management systems (EnMS),2 but doing that requires a skilled and committed workforce. By providing webinars, reports and other capacity building support, the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) partnership is helping countries refine and accelerate the development of effective programs that prepare their workforce to both successfully implement and manage these systems.

The GSEP Energy Management Working Group is partnering with the Clean Energy Solutions Center to host a no-cost webinar on January 29, 2014, at 2:00 pm EST to showcase energy management training programs in Canada, South Africa, Australia, and the United States. The webinar accompanies the recent release of the GSEP report, Knowledge and Skills Needed to Implement Energy Management Systems in Industry and Commercial Buildings.

During the webinar, workforce and education experts are invited to attend to learn how to replicate successful outcomes from existing energy management training programs, and to share lessons learned from their experiences in deploying workforce programs. 

Register today! 


An EnMS is a collection of processes, procedures, and tools designed to engage staff at all levels in continually managing energy use. An EnMS allows plants, facilities, and entire organizations to systematically track, analyze, and plan their energy use, thereby enabling greater control of and continual improvement in energy performance. Around the world, countries are beginning to deploy training programs to increase their workforce’s proficiency with facilitating (EnMS) in industry and commercial buildings.

In its recently released a report, Knowledge and Skills Needed to Implement Energy Management Systems in Industry and Commercial Buildings, GSEP examines workforce programs for EnMS professionals in five of eleven GSEP countries: Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the United States. The report identifies relevant knowledge and skills for key personnel that can influence energy management decisions and that may be involved in the various steps of implementing EnMS. The report also identifies different types of professional development programs, including awareness raising, continuing education, and professional credentialing programs, and provides some innovative examples from other countries, including Canada.

The training programs described in the report are among the leading workforce programs in the world and collectively, provide a strong foundation to help implement EnMS at companies in the industry and commercial buildings sectors.

The report is intended to impart guidance to workforce programs under development, generate opportunities for collaboration among developing or expanding training programs, facilitate greater consistency among existing professional programs, and increase awareness about the energy efficiency potential that can be achieved through skills programs.

Ultimately, building skills in the workforce will help countries achieve their national energy efficiency goals.  While advancements in training and credentialing offer only part of the solution for improving effectiveness, supporting policies and national systems also have a vital role in improving EnMS workforce programs.

The aim of GSEP is to significantly cut global energy use by encouraging the industrial and commercial buildings sectors to continually improve their energy efficiency. GSEP’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) seeks to accelerate the broad use of EnMS in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. The EMWG’s 11 member countries share their knowledge and expertise.

Together, they identify and evaluate EnMS activities, opportunities, strategies, and best practices—working with industry and others as appropriate. The governments participating in the EMWG are Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, India, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. For more information about the EMWG, visit


1. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2013, DOE/EIA (Washington, DC: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2013).  
2. International Energy Agency/Institute for Industrial Productivity, Energy Management Policy Pathways (Paris: International Energy Agency, 2012), 19,; Carlos Duarte et al., Prioritizing and Visualizing Energy Management and Control System Data to Provide Actionable Information for Building Operators (presentation, Western Energy Policy Research Conference, Boise, ID, August 25–26, 2011),

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