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The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Energy Management Leadership Awards showcase leading organizations using the ISO 50001 global energy management system standard. The program shares their successes, best practices, and benefits achieved to inspire others. Top winners are honored at the annual Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, a high-profile event that gathers clean energy leaders and partners from around the world, including energy ministers from the 24 governments active in CEM.


Congratulations to the 2018 award winners! See the press release and view all of the 2018 award winners and their case studies.


View the EMWG library of case studies collected between 2012 and 2017; filter these case studies by industry, country, and award type.

Key Accomplishments

Started in 2016, the annual CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards brings attention to leading organizations that manage their energy using ISO 50001. These organizations submit case studies to share insights into their best practices and achievements. Each year, this global awards program has grown, with an increasing number of entries and diversity of sectors represented.


The awards program attracts top talent to serve on its selection committee, with experts from various countries, meet the 2018 judges.


Key Activities

Entries are considered for several award categories:

  • CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management: The top winners will be honored at the 2018 Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Denmark and Sweden. This global award brings high-profile government recognition and media attention.
  • National Energy Management Awards: Governments may honor organizations submitting top entries from their countries. View countries offering awards below.
  • Energy Management Insight Awards: All qualifying entries will be recognized for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems.

Any organization from around the world in the industrial, commercial, or public sector with a current ISO 50001 certificate is eligible to participate. Organizations may be corporate- or facility-level, as noted on the ISO 50001 certificate. ISO 50001 certificates must be issued by an accredited, third-party certification body.


The CEM has completed the selection process for its third annual Energy Management Leadership Awards. Information on 2018 program rules are below; this information will be updated for the 2019 program which will launch in fall of 2018.

2018 Program:

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 below. 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. 

Selection Committee

    Experts from various countries will serve on the selection committee. Meet the 2018 judges.


    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 on the dedicated EMWG page: 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.

    Policy opportunities

    Countries can leverage the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards to offer national awards.

    CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards - National awards:


    Argentina is partnering with the CEM to offer a national award through the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards. The national award is offered by the Under Secretariat of Energy Efficiency and Savings of Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining.


    Canada is partnering with the CEM to offer a national award through the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards.

    South Africa: 

    South Africa is partnering with the CEM to offer a national award through the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards. The national award is offered by the South African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), supported by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC).

    The United Arab Emirates: 

    The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy is collaborating with the Energy Management Working Group under CEM to offer a National Energy Management Leadership Award. The award aims to praise and encourage efforts in applying energy management standards in the UAE driving the country towards reaching its energy productivity targets.

    National Programmes:


    In Chile, the Ministry of Energy offers the Sello Eficiencia Energética, which recognizes companies leading in energy efficiency at the national level. The top distinction, Gold, honors Chilean organizations certified to ISO 50001 with at least two implemented energy efficiency (EE) measures. The initiative is administered by the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency (AChEE).

    The United States:

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) is a voluntary certification and recognition program for facilities demonstrating energy management excellence and sustained energy savings.  While SEP recognizes achievements nationally through SEP certification and SEP performance levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum, DOE encourages SEP certified facilities to participate in the CEM awards program for global energy management recognition.

    Participating countries