Many thanks to our esteemed panel of energy management experts who served on the 2019 selection committee. View the 2019 award winners and their case studies.
Andrea has a Chemical Engineer degree from Mar del Plata University. She has 20 years of experience in industry sector. Start her professional career at YPF (Argentinian national O&G Company), as utilities process engineer. She has large experience on energy efficiency and energy management systems (implementation and audit), working on the private sector as independent consultant. She is author of several papers and publications about energy efficiency, energy management and climate change.
She has the certification from IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) as Leader Auditor in ISO 50.001 (Energy Management Systems). Since 2014 she takes part in IRAM (Argentinian Standardization and Certification Institute), national committee from Argentina participating member of the international committee ISO TC 301.She participates in the international committee ISO TC 301 Energy management and energy savings, responsible for developing the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems' standard and other complementary standards.
Currently, Andrea serves as a consultant for energy efficiency and energy management system, working for companies, governments and international organizations.
Andrea is a senior energy professional, with 20 years of experience in corporate, public policy, consulting and academic activities.
From December 2015 to July 2018, she was the Undersecretary of Energy Efficiency and Savings at the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Argentina. In this position, she was the focal point at the National Cabinet of Climate Change, coordinator of the National Energy and Climate Action Plan, vice-chair of the G20 Energy Transitions Working Group under Argentina G20 Presidency (2018), and co-chair at the Executive Committee of IPEEC (International Partnership on Energy Efficiency Cooperation). One of the goals of her administration was to promote the implementation of Energy Management Systems in the industry sector based on different initiatives, one of them was to implement the National Award of the Energy Management Leadership Award.
Currently, she works as a consultant in energy, energy efficiency and sustainable development, for companies, public sector and international organizations.
She has a Chemical Engineering degree (University of Buenos Aires), a Petroleum Specialization (Institute of Petroleum and Gas at University of Buenos Aires) and several specific trainings. She has the certification from IRCA (International Register of Certificated Auditors) as Leader Auditor in ISO 50.001 (Energy Management Systems).
She actively participates in different organizations like the Argentine Network of Municipalities against Climate Change (RAMCC); the Argentine Committee of the World Energy Council (CACME), where she is the Chair of the Executive Community of Energy Leaders; the Global Women´s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET); and the Argentine Institute of Petroleum and Gas (IAPG), where she is the chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee. Since 2017 she has participated as an expert in the Awards Selection Committee for the “Energy Management Leadership Awards”, organized by the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).
She is author of several papers and publications about process optimization, energy efficiency and energy management, and teaches in different postgraduate programs linked to the topics of her specialty.
Albert Dessi chairs the EN001 Energy Auditing standards committee, the Australian mirror committee to ISO TC301 Energy Management and Energy Savings, since 2013. As part of this role he was also the lead drafter of the series of joint Australia-New Zealand energy auditing standards, AS/NZS3598, published in October 2014. In representing Australia at ten TC301 meetings, Mr. Dessi has contributed to developing the ISO50001:2018, ISO 50002, ISO50006, ISO50015 and ISO50004 standards.
Mr. Dessi works at the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy on emissions reduction policies and energy efficiency calculation methods for the industrial and transport sectors. Prior to this he served as the lead technical advisor for the former Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program, a legislated energy assessment and energy management program for large companies. This role involved close contact with industry, including reviewing energy assessment plans and energy management systems, with a particular focus on power generation. Prior to this he worked in industry policy and economic research roles in government and university sectors.
In his previous role at the Department of Industry, Mr. Dessi also represented Australia on the Measurement and Verification task group of the Energy Management Working Group, part of the Global Superior Energy Performance partnership under the CEM. He has an honours degree in Mechanical and Materials Systems Engineering, and a degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University, and is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional.
Bei Wang received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering and she is a Registered P. Eng. in Ontario. She has been working at Standards Council of Canada as a Lead Specialist in the Accreditation Branch since 2014. She has 10 years of quality assurance experience working in the sectors of Bio-Tech, Analytical Laboratory and Medical Devices in Canada prior to joining SCC, all augmented by experience in supply chain management, quality management, products design and regulatory compliance. She is active on a number of technical working groups and mirror committees including Nanotechnology (TC229 and TC113), Energy Management (TC301), Forestry Management (SFM TC) and Green House Gases (GHG) (TC207). Given her rich background, her technical expertise lends well to multiple accreditation programs for the Accreditation Services Branch.
Bei is a Certified Lead Assessor in EnMS 50001 and has been intensively involved in the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Global scheme development for the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor personnel certification programs since 2014. Canada is the founding countries of the collaborative group. In the development of an internationally-relevant certification scheme for ISO 50001 Auditor and Lead Auditor that meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024, she was invited to participate the Job Task Analysis (JTA) collaborative group in Washington DC. She has also participated variety programs through NRCan and Department of Energy (DOE) promoting ISO 50001 and ISO 50003 in Canada.
Michel de Laire is an Industrial Engineer, Electrical Engineer, MBA and Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with over nineteen years of experience in energy projects.
He worked from 2002 to 2006 for ABB in maintenance of power substations. From 2006 to 2011 he served as a consultant developing projects in mining sector, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Since 2008 he has participated in the international committee ISO TC 301 Energy Management, responsible for developing the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems' standard and other complementary standards.
From April 2011 to July 2014 he served in the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency as Head of the Industry and Mining, where he had to start the process of ISO 50001 implementation in Chile, develop a program for funding the technical assistance in the industry and generate a training program for professionals in the industry.
He currently serves as a Head of Sustainable Energy in WSP, working in projects related to energy efficiency, energy management, renewable energy, asset management and business continuity for companies, governments and international organizations.
Juan Pablo Payero is a Civil Environmental Engineer and also a Civil Industrial Engineer, and he has an MBA. In his 9 years of professional experience, he has worked in several areas of engineering, such as energization, maintenance, and energy efficiency projects, as well as a professor teaching technicians and engineers.
Juan Pablo has over 500 kW of installed power, leading solar bombing projects, over 100 kW of distributed generation (solar) running the largest demand aggregation projects in Chile, and has managed energy savings for more than 600 GWh a year. In addition to that, he was responsible for the design and implementation of the only Energy Efficiency Consultants Register, and led the reformulation process of financial guarantees for ESCO projects in this country, being in charge of two GEF projects.
As the manager of the Industry and Mining Area at the Energy Efficiency Chilean Agency, Juan Pablo took part in the design team of the main public policy on energy management: The Energy Efficiency Seal 2017. Additionally, he has run for over two years the Promotion Program for Energy Management Systems in Chile, and is responsible for the implementation of three Combined heat and power projects in the Chilean industrial sector based on Internal Combustion Engines, totaling over 1MW of power in these pilot projects.
Juan Pablo has also been an energy professor for over five years, teaching over 1,000 students of technical and engineering majors in over 2,500 class hours in different education organizations. He is also a professor in the European Energy Manager (EUREM) and the Master of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability of the Metropolitan University of Technology in Santiago, Chile. In addition to that, he has given several lectures to many audiences and has co-edited the Energy Management System based on ISO 50001:2011 Norm paper.
Juan Pablo has the CEM and CRU Certifications, and is a ISO 50001 Lead Auditor with international IRCA Certification, and is a member of the ISO/TC 301 committee.
Dr. Li Yan is an Associate Researcher for China National Institute of standardization. Li Yan works in Resource and Environment branch of China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) since 2009. She developed a series of China national standards for energy management system, public buildings’ energy efficiency and hydrogen technologies, and has rich experience in these fields. She is the member of ISO/TC 301 Energy Management and Energy Savings, and the secretary of technical committee 20 on energy foundation & management sub-technical committee 3 on energy management of Standardization Administration of China.
Christoph Graser is holding a degree as electrical engineer. He had been working for over 17 years in various places in the German electricity utility sector. His professional activities have covered all aspects of electrical energy supply, i.e. conventional power generation, electricity transmission and distribution systems, renewable energy technologies and embedded generation.
In 2006, Mr. Graser joined the Power Generation business group of Siemens AG, in Muelheim/Ruhr (Germany). He took the lead of the Standardization and Regulation Management Group within the Steam Turbine Engineering business segment. As manager of the group, he was responsible for the overall coordination of standardization and regulatory affairs of the global steam turbine engineering network. Currently, Mr. Graser is globally responsible key expert for product safety, product related environmental protection and regulatory compliance in the field of large gas turbines and generators. In these areas, he is also providing extensive support to the Siemens Wind Power division.
Mr. Graser has a long track of experience in international standardization on subjects like environmental management or system aspects of electrical energy supply, as well as in national and European safety and environmental legislation. He is actively involved in energy management system standardization in international and European bodies and has been chairman of the German mirror committee to ISO/TC 301 energy management and energy savings since 2007.
He co-authored a much-noticed book on energy management and ISO 50001, has chaired several workshops and seminars and held numerous presentations on energy management and energy efficiency.
Overall Aris has 15 years experience in Energy and Sustainability topic, in which the last 5 years spent as National Project Coordinator for UNIDO-GEF4 Industrial Energy Efficiency Project in Indonesia. Through this project over 65 million USD energy saving has been achieved by the participating industries and adequate numbers of trained local experts are available in the Indonesia market.
Aris has been served the national technical committee on energy management system in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for the last 3 years and also a member of the National Accreditation Body (KAN) technical committee. Since 2016 Aris was selected as one of the committee member to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) energy management system leadership award. Aris is a certified energy manager, a certified energy assessor and also a certified IRCA Lead Auditor of ISO 50001. Aris is the founder of Indonesia Energy Institute a pool of EnMS Expert and Energy Conservation Sustainable Solutions www.solusienergi.id, a services provider on EnMS and Energy Audit in Indonesia.
In the last 2 years he provided trainings on EnMS ISO 50001, ISO 50006 and ISO 150015 and also life cycle cost of energy for some companies in Indonesia. He is now the main trainer and experts on Energy Manager for Indonesia Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
Liam McLaughlin is the Chief Technical Officer with GEN Europe, an independent energy efficiency and energy management systems consultancy with offices in Ireland and Spain. He has worked in energy efficiency for the past 25 years, initially as an energy manager in industry and since 2001 as an independent consultant. He works with large energy using clients in industry, commerce and the public sector internationally.
His background is in energy engineering but has specialised in energy management systems and ISO 50001 in recent years. He is a member of the ISO committee that wrote ISO 50001. He is the lead international expert with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) on energy management systems. He also works on training and development with ISO on ISO 50001. He has published 2 guide books on energy management system implementation, one with UNIDO and the other for ISO/ITC/UNIDO.
He has spoken on the topics of energy management and energy performance measurement at a number of international conferences including in over 25 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
Emanuele graduated in Politics of European Union – Faculty of Political Science at Padua University in Italy, with a special degree in European Energy policies and national liberalization of the electricity energy market. After the graduation he continued his training with two internship experience. In the first one he was involved in the definition of the Inventory Baseline Emission and of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rubano Municipality and in the second one as member of the technical committee for the Renewable Energy Plan of the Veneto Region. In march of 2012 Emanuele started his work experience in SOGESCA – consultancy and engineering company active since 1986 specialized in environmental, work safety, energy efficiency, energy planning, European Funds and Management System development and implementation. From 2012 he worked on the development and implementation of 6 European Project financed by the EASME through the Intelligent Energy Europe Program (now Horizon 2020) supporting more than 40 Municipalities in the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, establishing data collection tools and methodologies, launching data sharing platform for data consumption exchange between LGs and Distribution System Operators at national and European level. He was trained by the British Standard Institution Group on Energy Management System development and implementation and he supported several Municipalities in ISO 50001 certification process such as Maranello (2013), Montecchio Maggiore (2016), Marostica (2017), Pordenone (2017), Federation of Camposampierese Municipalities (2017), Sovizzo (2017).
Akira Ishihara is the Director General of the International Cooperation Division at the Energy Conservation Center (ECCJ). In this role, he promotes international cooperation to help developing countries establish energy conservation laws, train energy managers, and manage international partnership programs. He has served as a senior general manager for Japanese energy management system auditor registration and as a member of the examination committee for national qualification of energy managers. He has also led technical implementation and management for energy efficiency and conservation. He was appointed by METI to the national energy efficiency judgment standard sub-committee, he serves as a Japanese expert for ISO50001 and related standards (2007-present) including co-convenor of WG4 (energy audit), and he is a TC242 member from Japan for ISO strategic advisory group for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Prior to ECCJ, Mr. Ishihara worked in the iron and steel industry. At Nippon Steel Corporation he led technical research and development for rolling quality, productivity and energy efficiency, design and construction of rolling mill. At Yawata, he was the representative of quality management system throughout the production process and technology development from steel to final products. He also served as the national qualified manager for environment (air pollution).
Mr. Ishihara has authored books in Japanese on Energy Management and ISO 50001 Implementation. He received a Bachelor of Science (1973) and a Master’s Degree of Engineering (1975) from the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Fuyuhiko Noda is a researcher and a consultant for Energy Management Activities on mainly Industrial Sector. He has more than 20 years experience in the Japanese Energy Management Activities. He joined as a Senior Researcher, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) in 2011. In this role, he has been examining the energy efficiency policies and related legislation and regulations around the world including in the developing countries. He is also a member of the Working Group under the Japanese mirror committee to ISO/TC301 (Energy Management and Energy Savings).
Prior to IEEJ, Mr. Noda was a Guest Research Fellow at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and an External Specialist at the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) as to conduct Energy Conservation Survey of Designated Energy Management Factories under the Energy Conservation Law (ECL) and Energy Audit & Consultation of Factories, Commercial Buildings, Stores, etc, and lecture on comprehensive energy management and laws/regulations for qualification course of qualified person for energy management under ECL.
Working with the Japanese Federation of Qualified Person for Energy Management (JFQPA) and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Mr. Noda has recently delivered seminars to introductory energy performance evaluation (ISO 50006) at JFQPA.
Mr. Noda has Associate of Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Master of Arts and Sciences. He is a Certified Professional Energy Auditor by ECCJ, a Qualified Person for Energy Management under ECL and an Energy Management System Provisional Auditor by the Center of Energy Management System Auditors Registration (CEMSAR).
Bernardo studied Energy Engineering at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City, with a special degree in Thermodynamics. He continued his training in the USA where he gets involved in the Monsanto Co. Training Program for Energy Managers, the Exxon Energy Saving Program, as well as the Carborundum Co. Energy Saving Program. At Industrias Resistol S.A. (a Monsanto Company Mexican joint venture), he successfully led the Coorporate Energy Program for 6 years. As an independent consultant, he carried out up to 300 energy audits in different chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic, food, textile, mining and petrochemical industries.
In 2009 he co-founded Soluciones Integrales para Ahorro de Energía, a Mexican EMS (Energy Management Systems) consulting company, which he leads as General Manager since its first days.
He is a Georgia Tech Research Corporation CPEnMS (Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems) and currently cooperates as co-trainer for the North American Energy Management Pilot Program, an international (Canada, USA & Mexico) Cooperation Program.
In addition, he works as a consultant for the Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German International Cooperation Agency), the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (German Metrology Institute) and the Project Support Facility for the Mexican-Danish Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Programme.
Mr. Lazcano is a well-known specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Latin American energy sector.
Wendy da Cruz has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990-ies, with a specific energy management systems focus commencing during 2010. Wendy is one of the first successful graduates of the UNIDO EnMS Expert programme.
Her EnMS exposure has included various industrial sectors, e.g. chemical, beverage, automotive, IT, aviation, and sanitation. In April 2014, Wendy was invited to the UNIDO Energy General Meeting, Vienna, as the South African conformity assessment representative. She has also held SAATCA lead auditor registration status since 1999.
Wendy has provided successful assistance to more than 50 organizations in their achievement of management system certification and accreditation, in environmental, energy and quality and energy case studies of her clients reflect millions of kWh and rand savings.
Her EnMS training and facilitation experience includes more than 20 courses covering EnMS introduction and expert level as well as Lead Auditor training since 2012.
Wendy has B. Sc. Chemistry and B Sc. Honours Biochemistry, with M.Sc. Certificate – Industrial Engineering – University of Stellenbosch.
Alf Hartzenburg, National Project Manager of the South African Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, has been part of the project since joining the NCPC-SA in 2011, following a 35 year career in industry.
He studied Civil Engineering and Project Management at the University of Cape Town, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) with the Association of Energy Engineers. He holds qualifications in Business Administration (Damelin), Financial Management (Boston Management School) and Textiles Technology (Cape University of Technology).
Alf is also a Eurem and UNIDO expert and lead trainer in Energy Management Systems, Energy Performance Management and Indicators, Steam, Fan, Compressed Air and Electric-Motor Systems Optimisation. He co-authored the Resource Efficient Cleaner Production and reviewed the Chiller and Refrigeration training material for the NCPC-SA.
He regularly conducts energy system optimisation assessments and facilitates energy management system implementation in industrial plants and has done to in South Africa, Ghana and Myanmar since 2011. Alf has been facilitating ISO 50001 certification audits in industrial plants since 2013.
He served on the IEA’s Digital Energy Management Systems Experts Panel and as a Special Advisor to the South African Government’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy (PCE). Alf also serves on the Climate Change Response Forum of the Western Cape Government and in 2016 he received the Energy Efficiency Patron award from the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency for his contribution to energy efficiency in South Africa.
Padmanabhapuram Radhakrishnan (Radha) is a Post Graduate Chemical Engineer (BTech and MS) with over 35 years’ experience in R&D, Operations in Chemical, Oil & Gas and manufacturing industries, QHSE and Energy. At present, he is the Chief Energy Officer for ENOC, a full spectrum Oil & Gas Company.
Radha's experience in Energy began in 1987 as an Advisor to NY state Energy Advisory Services conducting energy audits of small and medium chemical and processing companies and recommending projects for energy conservation and efficiency improvements. Since then, as head of operations in a carbon black plant (total 10 years), he has executed several projects to improve waste heat and waste gas utilization and
Radha has held his current position for the past 11 years and is responsible for developing strategies, policies, manuals and standards for both energy management and energy conservation and efficiency improvements. Some of his notable outputs are given below:
Radha has been key to putting in place several other energy initiatives such as KPIs for business units, energy business plans, metering systems etc.
Kit is an award winning energy savings strategist and Director at Energy:ology. He has 18 years of hands-on energy management experience in a range of commercial and industrial companies across four continents. Kit enjoys working with businesses to maximise their energy savings, engage top management, and disarm barriers for improvement. A shortlist of companies he provided services includes:
Working with Energy Manager’s Association and Institution of Chemical Engineers, Kit has trained approximately 20% of UK’s ESOS Lead Assessors. He has also delivered ISO 50001 introductory courses at the Energy Institute.
Kit chaired the development of energy audit standards for Europe (EN 16247_3) and International Standards (ISO 50002). He was the technical author for UK’s ESOS lead assessor competency (PAS 51215). Kit was also UK’s principal expert for ISO 50001 at British Standards Institute where he acted as the head of UK delegation to International Standards meetings.
Kit is a recognised energy management and energy audit expert in Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Directorate for Energy (EU), and International Energy Agency (IEA).
Joe is an expert on Energy Management Systems, including ISO-50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP). He served as a key member on the development committees for both. He is recently retired as the Global Energy Efficiency and Conservation Leader for the Dow Chemical Co. where he oversaw the ongoing development and implementation of Dow’s Corporate Energy Management System. He is currently principal at Almaguer Energy Management Consulting.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over 37 years of working experience in the petrochemicals industry. He has extensive experience in plant operations and improvement, project development, management and execution in the US and internationally. The majority of Joe’s experience is in the area of industrial energy management and management systems.
Joe served as an Industry Expert member on the US Mirror Committee to TC 242 – during the development of ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard, and in leadership positions guiding the development of the Superior Energy Performance program. He is an active advisory board member and expert advisor on several industry, government, NGO and international energy collaborative efforts and initiatives.
Paul Sheaffer is a Program Manager in the Building and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with more than 20 years of experience in commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Mr. Sheaffer is an engineer and program manager with a broad background in industrial and building sector energy use; end-use technologies and markets; motor-driven, steam, and process heating systems; distributed generation; energy management systems; and standards development. Paul worked as an energy consultant for more than 20 years before joining LBNL, and managed numerous large projects in industrial and building sector energy efficiency.
Mr. Sheaffer’s experience covers cross-cutting technologies including motors, drives, pump, compressed air, fan, steam, and process heating systems. Paul also has experience with sector-specific systems and technologies, as well as energy management systems. He developed numerous tools, technical publications, training, standards, projects, certification programs, and efficiency assessments related to industrial and building systems efficiency, energy management systems, and distributed generation. Mr. Sheaffer is currently managing a USDOE-funded project analyzing the installed base and efficiency opportunities of motor-driven systems in the US. He is also supporting Superior Energy Performance and 50001 Ready, programs to certify or recognize industrial plants and commercial buildings for energy efficiency and energy management systems.
Ms. Schreck joined UNIDO in 2009, where her main tasks are developing and implementing industrial energy efficiency (IEE) projects in China and selected Latin American countries. She focuses on the development of government led policy programs to adopt low emission technologies. Her work covers the policy, financial and technical dimensions of technical assistance.
Prior to joining UNIDO, she held positions in the Irish National Utility International operations, ESBI, as a Renewable Energy & CDM business developer in South East Asia; in British Maritime Technologies (BMT), a UK engineering and risk management consultancies, were she worked on projects involving environmental and technical due diligence and UK domestic climate compliance; and in Repsol YPF, a Spanish integrated oil and gas firm with global operations, introducing the CDM to non-annex I country operations and previously as an environmental corporate auditor.
She received degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Argentina), in Environmental Management for the Austral University (Argentina) and in Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge (UK).