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Paper Highlights EMWG Efforts to Build Workforce Capacity for ISO 50001 Certification Audits

Paper presented at ACEEE 2015 Summer Study

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Paper Highlights EMWG Efforts to Build Workforce Capacity for ISO 50001 Certification Audits

The ACEEE 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry was held August 4–6 in Buffalo, New York. Photo credit: Flickr/jimduellcollection

A new paper prepared by the Energy Management Working Group, a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative, was presented at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2015 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The paper, Promoting Strong ISO 50001 Outcomes with Supportive National Infrastructure, describes the Energy Management Working Group’s efforts to build workforce capacity for ISO 50001 certification audits through a new certification program for ISO 50001 Lead Auditors. The program will help fill a gap in existing credentialing and training for ISO 50001 certification auditors by combining expertise from the two specialized fields of management systems and energy performance. Presentation at the event provides an opportunity to reach key government and private sector decision-makers such as corporate energy managers, government energy office officials, and solution providers.

The ISO 50001 standard is a key mechanism for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency globally, and its robust implementation represents an important tool for countries with climate change mitigation goals. An increasing number of companies are seeking certification, creating the need for personnel that have the skills and are credentialed to conduct ISO 50001 certification audits. Implementation of the standard is expected to accelerate as more companies integrate ISO 50001 into their corporate sustainability strategies and supplier requirements. Robust auditing is critical to uphold the value of ISO 50001 certifications.

The EMWG led the development of an internationally relevant certification scheme and international exam for ISO 50001 Lead Auditors to ensure that ISO 50001 audits are consistent across countries, robust, and result in continued energy performance improvement. The EMWG will launch this credential under the entity Energy Professionals International, which will administer and monitor sublicensing agreements with personnel certification bodies that seek to offer this credential. Through the EMWG, governments are collaborating to address auditor skill gaps and establish a standardized and high level of knowledge and skills globally. Wider availability of competent ISO 50001 Lead Auditors will ultimately increase the impact and market value of ISO 50001 certification.