Energy Management Campaign Progress and New Commitments Announced at Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial

The Energy Management Campaign shared the latest progress and newest partners with an international assembly of high-level clean energy leaders attending the 9th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) events on May 24, 2018 in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark. The annual meeting convenes energy policy makers to inspire and facilitate the deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The Campaign’s partners include governments, global business leaders, and other key partners that commit concrete actions they will take to promote implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management standard. The Campaign’s aim is to achieve 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001, the global energy management system standard.

At CEM9, leaders from Canada and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) shared progress updates on behalf of its partners, which include 18 CEM member governments, one municipality, eight companies, and four organizations. Canada and UNIDO are entering their second year of partnership to lead the Energy Management Working Group and accelerate the clean energy transformation through international cooperation on ISO 50001. Full details on partner progress statements are available on Energy Management Campaign web page.

“We believe that the ISO 50001 certification is a cost-effective tool that helps organizations manage and improve their energy performance.  As the operating agent of the Energy Management Working Group, we facilitate international cooperation and help in drawing best practices from more than 50 countries,” affirmed Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO.

Collective action among governments and partners remains an important component in expanding ISO 50001 implementation. “We need to continue the momentum from CEM9 to accelerate the pace of adoption of energy management systems worldwide,” stated Joyce Henry, Canada’s Director General, Office of Energy Efficiency. “According to the most recent ISO Survey, we have just surpassed the halfway point in terms of certifications. This means we are on our way to meeting our goal.”

The private sector is seeing the benefits of adopting ISO 50001. For example, Cummins—since its 2016 Campaign commitment to expand ISO 50001 to 40 sites by 2020—has tripled the number of its certified sites from nine to 26. The company plans to certify 14 additional sites in 2018, achieving its 2020 goal ahead of schedule.

In addition, governments are increasingly deploying ISO 50001 as a strategy to improve competitiveness. Argentina is joining the Campaign because “ISO 50001 helps enhance the energy performance of an organization, thus reducing energy consumption, reaching greater levels of efficiency, reducing environmental impacts and improving productivity,” said Andrea Heins, Undersecretary of Energy Efficiency and Savings of Argentina’s Ministry of Energy and Mining. “The organization not only becomes more competitive but the country does. In a global context of more competitiveness, ISO 50001 represents a winning call to all parties.”

The Campaign focuses on ISO 50001 due to its proven value in the private sector. Case studies show that these companies are realizing energy improvements of 10% or more, often through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations. In addition, the standard holds further potential to yield significant energy savings. If half of global industrial and commercial energy were managed under ISO 50001 by 2030, it would generate cumulative primary energy savings of approximately 105 exajoules, cost savings of nearly USD $700 billion, and 6,500 megatonnes of GHG emissions reductions. The emissions avoided in 2030 alone would be equivalent to removing 210 million passenger vehicles from the road.

The Campaign, which was launched in June 2016 at CEM7, is run by the CEM’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, and the G20, which has been driving the global dialogue on ISO 50001 since 2010.

Notable Progress from Energy Management Campaign Partners


Arabian Cement saved 7% at end of 2017 toward its Campaign commitment of achieving 10% energy savings. The company commits to achieve the remaining savings by the end of 2018.

Cummins—since its 2016 commitment to expand ISO 50001 to 40 sites by 2020—has tripled the number of its certified sites from nine to 26, and has plans to certify 14 additional sites in 2018, achieving its 2020 goal ahead of schedule.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is entering its second year as the Operating Agent of the Energy Management Working Group, providing strategic contributions and mobilizing resources to maintain the EMWG as a key global forum for advancing energy management systems.


The City of Daugavpils, Latvia joined the Campaign after CEM8 to support the City Council’s existing efforts to promote ISO 50001 in the public sector—buildings, street lighting systems, and transport. Through the Campaign, the City commits to expand boundaries of ISO 50001 certification to include municipal capital companies.

Argentina has joined the Campaign and commits to promoting ISO 50001 certification under three complementary projects in the industrial and services sectors. The first project consists of a tariff incentive to more than 600 companies in some industrial electricity-intense sectors for adopting the first steps of an energy management system. Secondly, six Learning Networks are committed to foster and exchange key lessons during the ISO 50001 implementation process. Argentina is also launching its National Award based on the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards to recognize the successes of early ISO 50001 adopters.

Canada, under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is expanding its ISO 50001 implementation program into multiple sectors to maximize the national uptake of energy management systems. The expanded ISO 50001 promotional program will now cover commercial and institutional buildings to improve their energy use, competitiveness, and profitability. These additional efforts complement Canada’s well established industrial ISO 50001 program.

In Chile, 55 facilities across 27 companies achieved ISO 50001 certifications, and 63% of these companies achieved certification by collaborating with the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency’s ISO 50001 programs. Ongoing work will include subsidies for implementation, training courses, and a national recognition based on the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards.

China, during its 13th five-year-plan, will continue the efforts to implement energy management systems in the largest 17,000 energy-consuming organizations. Recent accomplishments include launching a new program to promote energy monitoring in key energy-consuming organizations. China also administered national energy management awards to eight companies based on the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards.

Denmark continues to engage in bilateral energy cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency with selected emerging economies (such as China, Mexico, South Africa and Indonesia). Specifically, the Mexican-Danish energy cooperation is improving energy efficiency in selected industries in Mexico through ISO 50001 pilot projects.

The European Commission continues to fund research and innovation projects to support the practice of adopting ISO 50001 and addressing barriers to implementation. Four of its ten current ISO 50001 projects launched in 2018 to increase the availability of qualified ISO 50001 auditors, deliver training to end-user companies, develop capacity of industrial energy efficiency experts, and develop online training programs.

In Germany, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy plans to create an incentive program that supports ISO 50001 implementation within the framework of a broad-based industrial support program and to evaluate the effects of energy management systems on energy savings.

Indonesia has made progress toward its commitment to build capacity for ISO 50001 professionals and supporting certification for energy managers and auditors. To date, Indonesia has trained 466 energy managers and 473 energy auditors—as well as conducting seminars and workshops on ISO 50001.

Japan has continued capacity-building and best-practice-sharing efforts in Indonesia and Brazil to support energy management systems based on ISO 50001. Efforts in Indonesia resulted in 4% to 15% energy savings from ISO 50001 in eight factories. Japan is also supporting ISO 50001 best-practice-sharing with the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry to start an Alliance Program that establishes an ISO 50001 energy management system in energy-intensive industries.

Mexico advanced in the promotion of ISO 50001 between large-energy users that participate in PRONASGEn and its Voluntary Agreement Scheme. The Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE) signed the first Voluntary Agreement on Energy Efficiency with Nestlé México. The company plans to invest more than 70 million pesos toward efforts to reduce energy consumption by 13% at its Nescafé´s factory in Toluca.

Korea in 2018 is increasing support for energy saving and greenhouse gas reduction projects and programs to accelerate ISO 50001 implementation. This includes providing $2.6 million to support an energy management system implementation program for small and medium enterprises.

The United States has demonstrated that an enterprise-wide approach to ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® certification can yield ongoing annual energy cost savings of about $600,000 per site. Case studies and a research paper describe the benefits realized by 30 sites from four multinational companies. In addition, the 50001 Ready recognition program launched in 2017 to provide companies with a self-guided approach to establish an energy management system in the structure of ISO 50001. The 50001 Ready Navigator online tool provides step-by-step guidance to implementation. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has translated the 50001 Ready Navigator into Spanish and French to expand ISO 50001 implementation in North American countries.