Entries Now Open for 2019 Global Energy Management Awards

The prestigious Energy Management Leadership Awards program for 2019 is now accepting entries. Any organization with an ISO 50001-certified energy management system is invited to enter this global competition, now in its fourth year. Sponsored by the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), these annual awards highlight leadership and achievement in using energy management systems to accelerate progress toward organizational, national, and global climate goals. 

“Energy efficiency is the cheapest energy resource at our disposal and one that saves businesses, and in turn, consumers, money,” said Christian Zinglersen, Head of the Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat. “Energy management standards play a crucial role in ensuring energy usage is maximized in the most efficient way. Implementing the ISO 50001 standard provides a robust and measurable for organisations to boost industrial productivity and reduce carbon emissions.”    

All industrial, commercial, and public-sector organizations or facilities are eligible to enter if they hold a current ISO 50001 certificate from an accredited third-party certification body. To enter the competition, each organization must submit a structured case study describing its energy management experience and the resulting benefits. These case studies enable companies at all stages of experience with ISO 50001 to tell their unique stories and share tips or best practices. All submissions will be evaluated by an independent panel of international experts.

Top entries will receive the prestigious CEM 2019 Award of Excellence for Energy Management. These winning organizations will be recognized in May 2019 during the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting to be held in Vancouver, Canada. 

Beyond the Award of Excellence, each organization that submits a qualifying entry will receive an Energy Management Insight Award for contributing to global knowledge-sharing on the benefits of energy management systems. Top-ranked submissions from each country will also be communicated to the appropriate country governments, which may present national energy management awards of their own. 

The submission deadline is 14 February 2019. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the CEM Energy Management Leadership Awards website at to learn more about the award rules, entry format, scoring, and recognition. 

“The recent IPCC report highlights the need to redouble our efforts to rapidly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,” said Tareq Emtairah, Director of Energy Department at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). “Industry accounts for about one-third of energy consumption worldwide and at least a quarter of global CO2 emissions, so UNIDO supports industry leaders who are making the effort to improve their energy performance continually. By recognizing companies who are leading by example, the Energy Management Leadership Awards showcase the business and environmental value of energy management within industry.”

CEM analysis shows that implementation of ISO 50001 across service and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 105 exajoules by 2030, saving over USD 700 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6,500 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. The projected annual emissions savings are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.

All accepted entries will be published online to highlight the range of benefits achieved through the use of ISO 50001-certified energy management systems. Award-winning entries from previous years are already posted on the CEM website.

The Energy Management Leadership Awards are organized by the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which includes energy ministry and delegate representatives from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The EMWG was launched in 2010 by the CEM and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) serves as the EMWG Operating Agent. The EMWG spearheads CEM’s Energy Management Campaign, which urges governments, businesses, industry, and other partners to use the ISO 50001 standard in pushing progress on climate and energy goals. The Campaign aims to achieve 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020.