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2018 Energy Management Leadership Awards

What is the Energy Management Leadership Awards?
The Energy Management Leadership Awards 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.

What is the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Working Group?
Through the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), government officials worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective knowledge and experience to create high-impact national programs that accelerate the use of energy management systems in industry and commercial buildings. The EMWG was launched in 2010 by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC). Governments participating in the EMWG include Argentina, Australia, Canada [lead], Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the United States [lead]. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the Operating Agent for the EMWG.

Who should apply?
View Who Should Apply in the Official Rules

How do I apply?
View How to Apply in the Official Rules

What is the difference between the types of recognition for this award program?

  • CEM Award of Excellence for Energy Management: The top winners will be honored at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9), which takes place 23-24 May 2018 in Denmark and Sweden. The Award of Excellence recognizes not only achieved savings but also organizations’ efforts to transform the way they are using energy. The awards aim to acknowledge organizations of various sizes, types, sectors, and geographies.
  • National Energy Management Awards: Governments may honor organizations submitting top entries from their countries. View countries offering national awards
  • Energy Management Insight Awards: All qualifying entries will receive this recognition for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems.

How are the winners selected? 
View Selection Process in the Official Rules 

When and how will the winners be announced? 
View Global Recognition and Award Notification in the Official Rules 

We have case studies already written about our ISO 50001 experiences and results. Can we submit those as-is?
All entries for the Energy Management Leadership Awards should be submitted using the Case Study Template. Existing content can be pasted into this template, though entrants should review the evaluation criteria and ensure you have addressed the topics to be scored during the selection process.

Do we have to address every item listed in the CEM case study template?
To be competitive for the CEM Award of Excellence and any applicable national awards, entrants should review the criteria and ensure the topics to be scored during the selection process have been addressed. The criteria are included in the case study template in red font, followed by the associated point value and examples of topics to be addressed. 

Am I required to use the evaluation criteria as subheadings in my case study entry?
No, organizations do not need to use the evaluation criteria as subheadings (the evaluation criteria is listed in red text in the case study template). We encourage organizations to use the headings in the template such as Business Benefits Achieved, Business Case for Energy Management, EnMS Development and Implementation, etc. Organizations are welcome to include additional subheadings. Numbers for subheadings (1.1., 1.2., 1.3., etc.,) should not be included.  

What is the maximum page or word limit in submittal of a case study? 
Submitted case studies must be 4–6 pages in length; shorter or longer case studies will not be accepted. 

Does the case study need to be within a certain timeline? If our case study is from 2012, for example, is that acceptable?
We accept case studies that address implementation of ISO 50001 since the standard’s publication date, June 2011.  

What if my organization has multiple sites certified to ISO 50001? Should we submit a case study for each site or can we integrate our sites’ experiences into one case study?
An organization may submit either a single entry that collectively describes ISO 50001 implementation and results for multiple sites or separate entries for its different ISO 50001 certified sites. We encourage you to choose whichever path represents your unique story. Please see additional guidance below. 

The CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards program has received entries that highlight a variety of approaches to achieve ISO 50001 certification. We are hearing exciting stories from the field. For example, we’ve heard of companies with robust corporate energy management strategies that establish an EnMS at a corporate level and leverage that EnMS (and associated expertise) across its sites to maximize implementation efficiency and drive the portfolio toward company goals. We’ve heard of individual sites independently taking on energy management using ISO 50001 and achieving impressive savings, drawing the attention of senior management.  And we’ve heard of organizations with multiple individual sites certified to ISO 50001, reflecting the outcomes of a broader corporate energy management strategy that supports individual facility action. 

In each case, organizations and sites are displaying agility and innovation while tackling challenges and creating solutions that fit. We welcome all ISO 50001 certified organizations to submit case studies for the award program, and look forward to learning more about the variety of approaches being used to drive value within organization through ISO 50001.  

Guidance on developing your case study: Regardless of the path you choose, case studies should describe the strategy and decision for pursuing certification(s) and how it relates to a business, corporate, and/or site strategy, as noted under 1.1. Drivers/Business Case.

For entries with multiple sites: 

  • If you choose to submit a case study that addresses a corporate energy management system with multiple sites included within the scope of the ISO 50001 certificate, the case study entered needs to cover the entire full scope of the certification.  
  • If you submit a case study describing ISO 50001 implementation and results for multiple sites, a copy of each relevant site’s ISO 50001 certificate is required. 
  • Quantitative results can be provided in aggregate, averaged, or separately by site (e.g., for the “Case Study Snapshot” box included in the Case Study Template, organizations can enter an aggregate, average, or several individual site results for the following fields: energy performance improvement, annual energy cost savings, cost to implement, and payback period). 
  • Also in the “Case Study Snapshot” box, a summary may be included for industry and location (e.g., 4 sites in Sweden, 2 sites in Korea, 3 sites in the United States). 
  • Photos of different sites may be included throughout the case study.

What does "accredited" certification body mean? Accredited by whom?
Certification bodies are accredited by Accreditation Bodies that are members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). The primary function of IAF is to “develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon.” Accreditation ensures that the certification body has been independently evaluated against internationally recognized standards to conduct ISO 50001 audits with impartiality and competence. Accreditation provides confidence in certification outcomes.  

Organizations entering the awards program must have ISO 50001 certificates issued by an accredited certification body. Once organizations submit their entry and ISO 50001 certificate(s), the Secretariat will identify the body that accredited the certification body, determine if the accreditation body is an IAF member, and confirm that the certification body’s accreditation is current. If the certificate does not readily identify the accreditation body, the Coordinator may inquire further with the certification body to verify its accreditation status for ISO 50001, and whether the scope of accreditation covers the applicant’s country. 

View Accreditation Body members of IAF, listed by country.

Can I include additional visuals that are not noted in the Case Study Template, such as photos, graphs, or quotes?
Yes, organizations can include additional visuals (such as photos of the energy team, equipment, and facilities) throughout their case study. Chart, graphs, and tables can also be used to illustrate or summarize topics such as cost-benefit analysis or other content in the case study template.

Can I apply for an award if my organization participated in the 2016 or 2017 awards program?
Previous award recipients may enter the 2018 awards program if the scope and boundaries of the EnMS have changed (e.g., an expanded scope from single facility to multiple or certification of a different facility within the organization) or after recertification to ISO 50001. The program does not accept re-entry of case studies that received awards from this program in past years (i.e., revised versions of case studies that address the same scope and boundaries and include the same ISO 50001 certificates). Organizations that have previously won an Award of Excellence in Energy Management are not eligible for the 2018 Award of Excellence, but are eligible to receive an Insight Award.

I have more questions about this Leadership Awards competition.
Please carefully review the Official Rules and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional questions, contact the Award Administrator at When appropriate, the EMWG will share new questions (without attribution) and answers via email to organizations that requested updates and via inclusion on this list of FAQ.