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Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP)

Key Activities

The Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) working groups strive to accelerate energy efficiency improvements throughout industrial facilities and large buildings, encouraging facilities to take action and promoting cooperation on specific technologies or in individual energy-intensive sectors.

Energy Management Working Group
Participating governments in GSEP’s Energy Management Working Group actively share their knowledge and expertise to accelerate the broad use of energy management systems (EnMS) in industry and commercial buildings. The Working Group is pursuing the following activities:

  • Pilot projects that demonstrate the benefits of EnMS and enable governments to share best practices to accelerate national program development.
  • Workforce development that prepares professionals around the globe to effectively implement an EnMS and assess and verify results.
  • Case studies and data collection and analysis that build the business case by presenting real-world, quantitative and qualitative benefits resulting from EnMS.
  • EnMS resources that provide the public and private sectors with resources to implement an EnMS and facilitate the comparison of results across countries and companies.

Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group
The Working Group pursued the following activities:

  • Demonstration projects of cool roofs on low-income homes that will help cool homes and lower energy bills, as well as support skills development for workers and inform efforts to improve low-income housing programs.
  • Workforce development efforts, including developing a cool surface workforce training center and certification programs, as well as conducting capacity-building sessions with technical experts on cool roof implementation to develop a cool surface workforce.
  • Supporting the development of voluntary standards for cool roofs and building support for the creation of cool surface materials testing laboratories to enable product labeling and increase consumer confidence in cool surface products.
  • Studies on the energy savings potential of cool roof deployment for residential and commercial buildings to help lay the groundwork for cool roof policy.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Working Group
The Working Group pursued the following activities:

  • Cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) International CHP/DHC Collaborative to utilize existing expert forums. This cooperation covered the following work streams:
    • Continuation of the IEA CHP/DHC Country Scorecards series, which provides a comprehensive snapshot of a wide range of CHP applications in countries, to review the impact that government policies have had on the uptake of these technologies and to offer policy strategies to overcome the identified barriers being faced by the industry.
    • An analytical report entitled Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future. The report builds on a compendium of comprehensive CHP and DHC case studies to explore the impact of energy policy strategies on the different stages of development of CHP and DHC projects, with the aim of making visible the environmental, economic, and flexibility benefits of these technologies. The report will be published in 2014.
  • Convening joint workshops with the IEA CHP-DHC Collaborative to bring a wide range of stakeholders together to present the best available deployment practices and technologies and to discuss future activities (Paris in February 2013, Helsinki in November 2013, and Paris in May 2014).

Highlighted Progress

Energy Management Working Group

  • GSEP is building workforce skills globally that will boost the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs and result in higher energy savings for industrial and commercial buildings.
    • GSEP published a report identifying the knowledge and skill areas necessary to successfully implement EnMS.
    • GSEP is working with six countries to develop an internationally relevant certification scheme for auditors to ensure the quality, consistency, and effectiveness of global EnMS implementation.

Cool Roofs and Pavements Working Group

  • GSEP supported a cool surface pilot project on low-income housing in Jasdan, India, to help cool homes and lower energy bills.
    • The project also helped to train a local workforce in cool roof applications, inform larger-scale projects, and support policy measures. 

CHP/DHC Working Group

  • Country scorecards and stakeholder workshops coordinated by GSEP helped to highlight the potential of CHP and DHC to make more efficient use of energy production and to reduce emissions.
    • The scorecards and workshops were used to review the impact of government policies on the adoption of these technologies and to offer policy strategies to overcome identified barriers.