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2018 Energy Management Leadership Awards

Awards Overview
Global Recognition
Who Should Apply 
Why Should I Apply
How to Apply
Submission Deadline
Selection Process
Evaluation Criteria 
Award Notification

Awards Overview

The Energy Management Leadership Awards recognize leading organizations for their energy management achievements and raise the profile of the ISO 50001 energy management system as a proven, broadly applicable solution to global energy and climate challenges. Participating organizations will:

  • Gain global recognition for efficient energy management.
  • Demonstrate commitment and leadership to investors, customers, and employees.
  • Affirm leadership in a global gathering of energy ministers and high-level international organizations.

Organizations with ISO 50001 certification are invited to submit case studies for recognition. Each entry will describe how ISO 50001 implementation occurred within the organization, resulting business benefits, useful advice and tips, compelling quotes, and graphics, as defined in the Case Study Template. Entries will undergo a juried selection process by a committee of experts from around world. Selection will take place in March-April 2018; award recipients will be notified in April 2018 and publicly announced in May 2018. 

Organizations submitting entries will be eligible for three types of recognition:

  • CEM Award of Excellence for Energy Management: The top winners will be honored at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9), which takes place on 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.

Global Recognition

CEM Award of Excellence recipients will be recognized during a formal ceremony at the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9), which will take place on 23-24 May 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden; one or more representatives from these organizations will be invited to attend the public portion of this meeting. Recipients of the CEM Award of Excellence, National Awards, and Insight Awards will be announced in CEM, EMWG, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) news releases. 

In addition, participating governments will bestow national honors on the organizations with the top entries from their countries. Participating government agencies will determine how and when to formally recognize their national winners. View countries offering national awards.

All qualified case studies will be shared online as an inspiration and resource for other organizations.

Who Should Apply (Eligibility)

Any organization from around the world in the industrial, commercial, or public sector certified to ISO 50001 is eligible to participate. Entries may be corporate-level, multi-facility, or single facility, as noted on the ISO 50001 certificate. ISO 50001 certificates must be issued by an accredited, third-party certification body, and a copy of this certificate must be included with the submittal of each case study. This awards program accepts case studies that address implementation of ISO 50001 since the standard’s publication date, June 2011.
  • ISO 50001 certificates must be issued by a third-party certification bodies that are accredited by Accreditation Bodies that are members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Learn more about accredited certification bodies in the FAQs. 
  • Entries may feature ISO 50001 implementation at a corporate level, multi-site, or single facility. Entries at any of these levels (corporate, multi-site, or single facility) are welcome and encouraged. 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. View more guidance on corporate and multi-site entries in the FAQs. 
  • Energy performance improvement results must be included case studies. Projected results are not accepted. 
  • For organizations that have participated in this awards program in previous years: 
    • 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.

Why should I apply?

  • Gain global recognition for efficient energy management.
  • Demonstrate commitment and leadership to investors, customers, and employees.
  • Affirm leadership in a global gathering of energy ministers and high-level international organizations.

How to Apply

To enter the competition, you must submit a copy of your organization’s ISO 50001 certificate and a structured case study, which will be evaluated by an independent panel of international experts.

  • First, if considering participation, please send an email to to receive important updates or clarifications. This does not obligate participation. Please provide the full name and email address of the point of contact, company name (and the site, if applicable), and country. 
  • Second, complete the required Entry Form and case study:
    • Entrants must use the Case Study Template, which provides guidance on content and format and shows the evaluation criteria and point values.
    • Case studies must address ISO 50001 implementation.
    • Participants must submit case studies that are 4–6 pages in length; shorter or longer case studies will not be accepted.
    • English must be used for provision of information in the case study template.
  • Third, submit the completed Entry Form in Excel and case study in Word format, along with a copy of the ISO 50001 certificate issued by the accredited certification body, via electronic mail to with the subject line “Energy Management Leadership Award – 2018 Entry” no later than the submission deadline. The Secretariat will reply to confirm receipt.

By submitting a case study for consideration for the Energy Management Leadership Awards, organizations grant the Clean Energy Ministerial and its partner’s permission to use the case study and contents therein. This includes but is not exclusive to sharing the case study online, sharing the case study contents (e.g., photos, quotes, business benefits and other excerpts) via press releases, presentations, etc. The case study submitter’s name and email may also be shared with the Energy Ministry from the entrant’s respective country in case the ministry wishes to contact award recipients. 

Submission Deadline

Entries are due by 24 January 2018 at 22:00 UTC (GMT). Early submissions are encouraged to ensure the eligibility of your entry. Upon receipt, each entry will be reviewed for completeness. If entries are incomplete, the Secretariat will notify the submitter of missing information, and the submitter may resolve the issue and re-submit at any time up to the submission deadline.

Selection Process

The Secretariat will conduct the initial review of each entry to 1) ensure eligibility and completeness (addresses each of the evaluation criteria) and 2) confirm that the ISO 50001 certificate was issued by an accredited certification body. Entries that pass the initial review will be "accepted" and move on to the selection phase. If entries are incomplete, the Secretariat will notify the submitter of missing information, and the submitter may resolve the issue and re-submit at any time up to the submission deadline. 

Selection will entail a juried process with a panel of energy management system experts from diverse countries. Each case study will be reviewed by at least 2 experts. The experts will score the entries on a scale from 0 to 100 using the Evaluation Criteria. The EMWG Secretariat will compile the scoring sheets from the experts and tabulate the points for the case studies. All accepted case studies that meet the evaluation criteria will become “qualified entries” thereby earning an Insight Award. The highest-scoring entries will move forward as finalists for the CEM Award of Excellence. The experts will meet to review and discuss the finalists and determine the three CEM Award of Excellence winners. 

Upon the completion of the selection process, the EMWG will provide the highest-scoring entries from each participating country to receive a National Award. Note: Not all countries are offering National Awards. Generally, if the highest scoring entry from a country is also selected for the Award of Excellence, the next highest scoring entry will receive the national award.  Some countries may apply national policy or program criteria in addition to the Energy Management Leadership Awards Criteria. The sponsoring agency from participating countries will contact the National Award winners. 

The Expert Panel

Experts from various countries will serve on the selection committee. Each expert has the right to withdraw in the event of circumstances beyond his/her control. Each expert must notify the EWMG Secretariat in writing if he/she has any substantial prior knowledge of, or contact or involvement with, any of the entries provided to him/her for review. Furthermore, each expert must recuse him/herself from review, evaluation, and/or discussion of any entry if:

  • he/she has a personal or substantial financial interest in the organization submitting
  • he/she is an employee, officer, director, or agent of any entity of the organization submitting
  • he/she has a familial or financial relationship with an individual who is an employee, officer, director, or agent of the organization submitting

The EMWG Secretariat will work with the experts to prevent any and all conflicts of interest or the appearance of such conflicts.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

Experts will review and score entries using the evaluation criteria below. Experts will also receive the guidance included in the Case Study Template (gray font) and information provided in the entry form.

Evaluation Criteria

Insight Awards

CEM Award of Excellence & National Awards: Points available

1. Describes high-quality and replicable description of ISO 50001 implementation and resulting business benefits:

Addresses each of the evaluation criteria? Yes/No

80 points possible

1.1. Organization Profile/Business Case (Describes organization, its motivations for energy and climate sustainability efforts, and goals. Describes the role energy management plays in the organization's strategy, business rationale, associated national or international program)

up to 10

1.2. Business Benefits (Summarizes the organization’s accomplishments / business benefits from implementing ISO 50001, such as achieved energy performance improvement, annual energy savings and energy cost savings, CO2-e reduction resulting from EnMS efforts, and non-financial benefits)

up to 10

1.3. Organizational (Describes organization’s approach to building the EnMS and maturity (i.e., newly certified or recertified, use of existing management systems including 9001 or 14001), including top management support, involvement, roles, decision-making, and resources provided (ISO 50001:2011 Section 4.2.1 & Annex A.2.1); EnMS team leader (Section 4.2.2 & A.2.2) and key team members and their respective divisions/departments and roles)

up to 10

1.4. Energy Review and Planning (Section 4.4.3 & A.4.3)(Describes the process of understanding energy consumption & use, energy review, analysis, decision-making on where to focus resources, and action planning)

Review, analysis, and planning: Insights on how the staff set the baseline (Section 4.4.4 & A.4.4), determined performance metrics, energy performance indicators (Section 4.4.5 & A.4.5), evaluated opportunities and selected projects, development and implementation of action plans, some specific measures in the action plan based on energy review and analysis (Section 4.4.6 & A.4.6).

Financing: How internal financial resources and commitments were obtained.

Duration: Amount of time needed to establish the EnMS.

up to 15

1.5.1. Cost-Benefit Analysis (Describes savings associated with the EnMS program, the costs to implement, the EnMS, and include the payback period.)

up to 5

1.5.2. Approach used to determine whether energy performance improved (Describes methodology for determining energy performance improvement and tools or software used. Indicates the timeframe for the baseline, performance, and reporting periods. Explains factors used to normalize data including regression analysis and/or variables (e.g., production, weather, occupancy, etc.)

up to 10

1.5.3. Approach used to validate results (Describes approach to track and measure activities and strategies to reduce energy use (Section 4.6.1) and preparations involved for the audit, verification for the EnMS (Section 4.6.3 & A.6.3))

up to 5

1.6. Steps taken to maintain operational control (ISO 50001:2011 Section 4.5.5 & A.5.5) and sustain energy performance improvement (Describes the steps taken to institutionalize energy management practices into ongoing operations, such as written work instruction associated with new process or procedures, training programs so people understand why things are the way they are, changes in how work is evaluated)

up to 5

1.7. Development and use of professional expertise, training, and communications (Describes use of trained and certified professionals, employee training (Section 4.5.2 & A.5.2), engagement & communications (Section 4.5.3), etc.)

up to 5

1.8. Tools & Resources (Describes tools & resources used for implementation, measurement, analysis, monitoring; leveraging of other internal corporate or facility resources, systems, or business improvement methodologies, e.g., ISO 90001, ISO 14001, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, etc.; external assistance received such as resources from government, energy service companies, utilities, suppliers, etc.)

up to 5

2. Provides useful advice and tips, compelling quotes, and visuals:

All included? Yes/No

20 points possible

2.1. Lessons Learned / Keys to Success (Provides insights on lessons learned related to key challenges or barriers encountered when implementing ISO 50001 or related to the EnMS, how you were able to resolve them, and how you are using lessons learned to replicate or expand ISO to other sites. Provides advice or tips on what others need to successfully implement an effective EnMS)

up to 10

2.2. Quotes (Includes quotes describing business value of ISO 50001 or its usefulness. These quotes provide unique insights, rather than generalities.)

up to 5

2.3. Visuals (Includes visuals such as photos of energy team, employees, facility and/or charts, graphs or tables that illustrate or summarize information, such as cost-benefit analysis or other topics).

up to 5



100 points possible

Award Notification

After the selection process is complete, award recipients will be notified by email. The anticipated date for notification is mid-April 2018.

Awards Program Administrators

The Energy Management Case Study Awards is managed by the CEM's Energy Management Working Group (EMWG). Learn more about EMWG members and their programs. The EMWG was launched in 2010 by the CEM and IPEEC. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the Operating Agent for the EMWG. Energetics Incorporated is providing administrative support to the awards program.

Get Involved: Any government with national EnMS programs in place or company that has implemented an EnMS is encouraged to contribute data. Results and findings will be shared with contributors. Contact the Secretariat for more information.