CEM now accepting entries for 2022 Energy Management Leadership Awards

The Energy Management Leadership Awards program is now accepting submissions for the 2022 competition. Any facility or organization holding a current ISO 50001 certificate from an accredited body is encouraged to enter. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) runs this prestigious global contest to raise awareness of ISO 50001-certified energy management systems and the many benefits they provide. 

Now in its seventh year, the competition has recognized achievements by over 230 organizations with certified systems in 105 countries or economies and across 50 sectors—such as cement, iron and steel, and chemical manufacturing, municipalities, retailers, healthcare systems, hospitality companies, and water/wastewater treatment facilities. Organizations around the world use the ISO 50001 standard to achieve energy, economic, and sustainability benefits that boost competitiveness. Past awardees credit the competition with increasing senior management support for further investment in additional energy savings. 

“We are excited to see the launch of the 2022 Energy Management Leadership Awards. ISO 50001 Energy management systems have a critical role to play in helping organizations around the world to fully capture the business benefit of energy efficiency and to support their long-term decarbonization and net-zero strategies” said Tareq Emtairah, Director of the Energy Department at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “Once again UNIDO salutes all industry leaders who work to continually improve their energy and carbon performance and call on them to use the Energy Management Leadership Awards competition to showcase and share their stories, work and results.” 

To enter the competition, each organization must submit a structured case study describing its energy management experience and the ensuing benefits. These case studies enable companies at all stages of familiarity with ISO 50001 to tell their unique stories and share tips or best practices. All submissions are evaluated by an independent panel of acclaimed international experts. 

The top entries will receive the prestigious CEM 2022 Award of Excellence in Energy Management. This global award brings high-profile government recognition and media attention to organizations that transform the way they use energy. Beyond the Award of Excellence, each organization that submits a qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award for sharing the diverse benefits of energy management systems. In addition, some national governments offer their own energy management awards based on the CEM case study submissions received from their country. 

The submission deadline is Thursday, 2 June 2022. Interested parties are invited to visit the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards website to learn about the competition rules, entry format, scoring, and recognition. Previous award-winning entries are available on this same page, listed by year under Publications. 

The flexible ISO 50001 standard offers a business-friendly way to align corporate objectives with national climate and energy goals. CEM analysis suggests that broad global adoption of ISO 50001 across service and industrial sectors could lead to cumulative energy savings of about 105 exajoules by 2030—saving more than USD 700 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The annual projected avoided emissions are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.