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GSEP Releases Guidance on Energy Performance Measurement and Verification

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GSEP Releases Guidance on Energy Performance Measurement and Verification

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) partnership today released a document that provides practical guidance for professionals involved in  measuring and verifying energy performance in commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Measurement and verification (M&V) practitioners can use the guidance to enhance data accuracy, isolate the impacts of energy-saving measures, and increase investor and stakeholder confidence in the reported results. This unique document covers all critical aspects of energy data M&V, including minimum reporting measures, formats, statistical methods, data quality levels, cost implications, and strategies for managing uncertainty. 

“This guidance provides a framework that can elevate the accuracy and comparability of energy management results within and across countries, stimulate international dialog on energy management strategies, and increase energy savings worldwide,” said Karel Steyn, energy performance verification specialist at South African utility Eskom and the EMWG lead for this activity. The document also serves as a one-stop resource for those who require robust data for energy management systems or ISO 50001 certification.

The EMWG developed the M&V guidance to encourage GSEP member countries and others to share their knowledge and gain new insight on ways to use and deploy energy management systems. By defining reporting practices, recognizing allowable errors, and setting minimum accuracy and confidence levels, the new guidance facilitates understanding and acceptance of M&V data—as needed to promote national and international collaboration. As a result, the guidance is expected to enable countries with diverse energy management programs to make meaningful comparisons of programs, strategies, and supporting policies.

Use of this document will also help countries to evaluate results against established targets; lay the groundwork for increased investment in energy efficiency programs; better plan, manage, and improve their energy performance; and educate key stakeholders. These benefits support ongoing work of the EMWG, which includes developing an international Energy Performance Database; promoting ISO 50001 implementation; and building a strong, credible business case for energy management. Read more about the importance of data reporting in the Energy Performance Measurement and Verification: Guidance on Data Quality document. 

About GSEP 

The aim of GSEP is to significantly cut global energy usage by encouraging continual improvement of energy efficiency across the industrial and commercial buildings sectors. GSEP’s EMWG seeks to accelerate the broad use of energy management systems (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. Governments participating in the EMWG include Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, India, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. The GSEP initiative was launched in 2010 by the Clean Energy Ministerial and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). For more information about the EMWG, visit

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