Energy Management Campaign Launches at Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial

An international assembly of high-level clean energy leaders attending the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial launched the Energy Management Campaign, a new, high-level international effort to promote ISO 50001, the global energy management system standard. The Energy Management Campaign is a call to action—urging governments, business, industry, and other key partners to use the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. The Campaign aims to achieve 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020.

Analysis shows that broad implementation of ISO 50001 across commercial and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, saving over $600 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 Mt of CO2 emissions. The projected annual emissions savings in the year 2030 are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.

Mexico’s Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell helped launch the Campaign during the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco, California.

“Implementing the ISO 50001 standard provides a consistent and measurable way, across countries, for organizations to increase energy productivity and reduce carbon emissions,” said Secretary Joaquín Coldwell. “The Energy Management Campaign, together with the ongoing work of the CEM, will play an important role in facilitating the world’s transition to a clean energy economy through global cooperation and public and private partnerships.”

The launch of the Energy Management Campaign was met with significant enthusiasm from global leaders. The campaign was endorsed by a total of fifteen CEM members: Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, the European Commission, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. This government support was amplified by the commitments from six private sector leaders—Avant Garde, Cummins, LG Chem (Ochang Plant), Pacific Gas and Electric, Schneider Electric, and Samsung Electronics—and four key stakeholders: ClimateWorks, the Climate Group, Carbon Trust, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

“To meet the world’s energy, environmental and economic challenges, we must improve how we manage energy on a global scale,” said Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jennifer Rumsey at Cummins Inc. “Cummins is committed to energy efficiency in our facilities and throughout our supply chain as well as through our product innovations. We are honored to join the Energy Management Campaign because we believe structured energy management and aggressive goals are key to making progress in global energy efficiency.”

“UNIDO champions the adoption of policies and measures to improve energy performance and overcome country-specific barriers. This is consistent with the principles put forward by the Energy Management Campaign of the Clean Energy Ministerial,” said UNIDO Director General Li Yong. “We are committed to working with governments, assisting them in adopting energy management policies, and we will be working closely with enterprises, in particular small and medium, helping them improve energy performance.”

The Campaign will continue to seek additional commitments until the goal of 50,001 certifications is achieved. All commitments will be tracked on the Campaign website, Energy ministers and partners will report progress during the next Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), which will be hosted by China in 2017.

ISO 50001 provides a proven framework of requirements, transforming the way organizations manage energy and enabling more a comprehensive strategy for meeting sustainable energy goals. The private sector is already seeing the benefits of adopting ISO 50001. Since the standard’s publication in 2011, approximately 15,000 facilities worldwide have been certified to ISO 50001. Case studies show that these companies are realizing energy improvements of 10% or more, often through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations.

With two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions resulting from energy production and use, the ISO 50001 international energy management system standard can play an important role in ensuring the success of the new international climate agreement.

The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the CEM, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), and the G20 have been driving the global dialogue on ISO 50001 since 2010. To learn more about the Campaign and how to join, visit

Energy Management Campaign

Commitment by Partner


  • The North American governments of CanadaMexico and the United States are committing to advance ISO 50001 adoption in industry by establishing a regional ISO 50001 adoption target by 2017, supported by development of joint technical approaches and assistance programs in key sectors.
  • Canada will accelerate the adoption of innovative energy management systems and practices, including ISO 50001, as part of a suite of new energy efficiency certifications for the Canadian industrial sector.
  • Finland is committing to integrate the use of energy management systems in its 2017–2025 plan for the Voluntary Energy Efficiency Agreement scheme for energy-intensive industries and annual reporting of energy savings and key elements for their scheme implementation.
  • Germany, with 3400 companies already certified to ISO 50001, will build on its global leadership and aim to establish 500 energy efficiency networks around the country by 2020 that through peer exchange will drive further energy costs savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the industrial sector.
  • Indonesia, to boost domestic implementation of ISO 50001, commits to have 1000 energy managers and 700 energy auditors certified by 2019.
  • Japan will contribute to improving energy efficiency in industry and commercial sectors abroad by promoting capacity building and sharing of best practices regarding energy management systems based on ISO 50001.
  • Mexico commits to increasing adoption of energy management systems based on ISO 50001 by establishing an innovative program (Pronasgen) which is directed towards large energy users in the industrial and commercial sectors, as well as agencies of Mexico’s federal government.
  • The Republic of Korea is committing to continuously pursue energy projects and programs to support industries to further conserve energy through energy management systems including ISO 50001. These efforts will serve as a key to achieve national energy goals based on their Energy Master Plan.
  • The United Arab Emirates will evaluate the role that energy management systems such as ISO 50001 can play in reinforcing a sustainable environment and economy as they develop a federal long-term energy strategy analyzing optimum scenarios for demand side management as well as energy supply.
  • The United States is announcing the launch of a new national campaign that accelerates the adoption of ISO 50001 and its national program, Superior Energy Performance®, to maximize energy savings in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities.


  • Avant Garde Innovations is committing to implement ISO 50001 in their facilities and to work with partners to promote ISO 50001 adoption, and to work with ISO 50001-certified companies to maximize their investments in clean energy technologies.
  • Cummins commits to achieving ISO 50001 certification for a total of 40 manufacturing sites by 2020.
  • The LG Chem Ochang Plant commits to maintaining its own certification to ISO 50001 as well as providing supply chain partners with technical support to help them improve their energy and environmental performance through energy management.
  • Samsung Electronics will maintain ISO 50001 certification for all of its manufacturing sites worldwide as a key strategy for meeting its goal to reduce GHG emissions intensity from global facilities by 70 percent based on 2008 levels.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company, PG&E will educate its commercial and industrial customers about the ISO 50001 energy management standard as a vehicle to achieve greater energy savings and to help meet California’s commitment to double energy efficiency by 2030.
  • Schneider Electric pledges to certify 150 of its facilities to ISO 50001 by 2017, and promote international best practices in energy management, ISO 50001 certification, and Superior Energy Performance to its clients.


  • The Carbon Trust is committed to helping participating countries by offering its expertise in creating the required infrastructure to enable organizations to effectively implement energy efficiency measures and encourage best practice in energy management. This includes appropriate policy levers together with an available market of skilled energy efficiency expert advisers and trusted equipment suppliers.
  • ClimateWorks Foundation commits to assess and support the transferability and scaling up of ISO 50001 and related policy incentives.
  • The Climate Group commits to promote ISO 50001 as one of the many tools that companies can use to fulfil energy productivity commitments made through the EP100 campaign.
  • The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), through its work to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development, commits to working with governments around the world to adopt energy management policies, and support energy management in enterprises of all sizes to improve their energy performance.