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Official Rules


Global Recognition

Who Should Apply

How to Apply

Submission Deadline

Case Study Topics and Evaluation Criteria

Selection Process

Award Notification

Awards Program Administrators



The Energy Management Leadership Awards recognize leading organizations for their energy management achievements and raise the profile of the ISO 50001 energy management system as a proven, broadly applicable solution to global energy and climate challenges.


Organizations certified to ISO 50001 are invited to submit case studies for recognition. Each entry will describe how ISO 50001 implementation occurred within the organization and resulting business benefits. Entries will undergo a juried selection process by a committee of experts from around world. Selection will take place in March-April 2019; award recipients will be notified in late April 2019 and publicly announced in May 2019.


Organizations submitting entries will be eligible for three types of recognition:


  • CEM Award of Excellence for Energy Management: The winners will be honored at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10), which takes place in Canada in May 2019. The Award of Excellence recognizes not only achieved savings but also organizations’ efforts to transform the way they are using energy. The awards aim to acknowledge organizations of various sizes, types, sectors, and geographies.
  • National Energy Management Awards: Governments may honor organizations submitting top entries from their countries.
  • Energy Management Insight Awards: All qualifying entries will receive this recognition for helping to build global insight on the benefits of energy management systems.


See the Case Study Topics and Evaluation Criteria.

Global Recognition

CEM Award of Excellence recipients will be recognized during a formal ceremony at the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) in Canada in May 2019; one or more representatives from these organizations will be invited to attend the public portion of this meeting. Recipients of the CEM Award of Excellence, National Awards, and Insight Awards will be announced in CEM, EMWG, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) news releases.  In addition, participating governments will bestow national honors on the organizations with the top entries from their countries. Participating government agencies will determine how and when to formally recognize their national winners. Case studies will be shared online as an inspiration and resource for other organizations.

Who Should Apply (Eligibility)

Any organization from around the world in the industrial, commercial, or public sector certified to ISO 50001 is eligible to participate:

  • ISO 50001 certificates must be issued by a third-party certification bodies that are accredited by Accreditation Bodies that are members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). Learn more about accredited certification bodies in the FAQs. A copy of this certificate must be included with the submittal of each case study; expired certificates are not accepted.
  • Entries may feature ISO 50001 implementation at a corporate level, multi-site, or single facility, as noted on the ISO 50001 certificate. Entries at any of these levels (corporate, multi-site, or single facility) are welcome and encouraged. If you choose to submit a case study that addresses a corporate energy management system with multiple sites included within the scope of the ISO 50001 certificate, the case study entered needs to cover the entire full scope of the certification. If you submit a case study describing ISO 50001 implementation and results for multiple sites, a copy of each relevant site’s ISO 50001 certificate is required. View more guidance on corporate and multi-site entries in the FAQs.
  • Energy performance improvement results must be included case studies. Projected results are not accepted.
  • For organizations that have participated in this awards program in previous years:
    • Previous award recipients may enter the 2019 awards program if the scope and boundaries of the EnMS have changed (e.g., an expanded scope from single facility to multiple or certification of a different facility within the organization) or after recertification to ISO 50001. The program does not accept re-entry of case studies that received awards from this program in past years (i.e., revised versions of case studies that address the same scope and boundaries and include the same ISO 50001 certificates).
    • Organizations that have previously won an Award of Excellence in Energy Management are not eligible for the 2019 Award of Excellence but are eligible to receive an Insight Award.


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How to Apply

To enter the competition, you must submit a copy of your organization’s ISO 50001 certificate, an entry form, and a structured case study.

  • 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:
    • Use the Case Study Template and address the Case Study Topics.
    • Entries that best meet the Evaluation Criteria will receive highest scores.
    • Case studies must be 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(s) issued by the accredited certification body, via electronic mail to with the subject line “Energy Management Leadership Award – 2019 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 permission to the Clean Energy Ministerial and its partners 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 congratulate or contact award recipients.

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Submission Deadline

Entries are due by 31 January 2019 at 22:00 UTC (GMT). Early submission by 9 January 2019 is encouraged to ensure the eligibility of your entry; upon receipt, each entry will be reviewed for eligibility. 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.

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Case Study Topics and Evaluation Criteria

The case study that you submit should address all of the energy management topics listed in the table below (Case Study Topics). The table shows the total number of points you can earn for each topic. Experts will review your entry and score each topic based on the evaluation criteria. The best possible score is 105 points (including 5 bonus points).

Please use care in reviewing the evaluation criteria: Entries that best meet the criteria will receive the highest scores.

Case Study Topics

Organizations using an ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) will possess different levels of experience, pursue different goals, and use different approaches. Each story is unique and important. Please review the case study topics and evaluation criteria, and then develop a case study that tells the story of your EnMS.


Case Study Topics

Points Available

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE/BUSINESS CASE: Please describe your organization, its motivations/drivers for energy and climate sustainability efforts, and goals. Describe the role energy management plays in the organization's larger business strategy and the underlying rationale. If applicable, please describe any program that required, rewarded, or encouraged your energy management actions.


BUSINESS BENEFITS: Please describe your organization’s experience, accomplishments, and business impacts as a result of implementing ISO 50001. At a minimum, please address the following in your response:

  • Energy performance improvements achieved, please see instruction and formula, energy and energy cost savings, and reduction in emissions (CO2 or equivalent units)
  • Any non-energy or other benefits
  • Costs (and estimated staff time) and energy cost savings associated with implementing the EnMS, see instructions
  • If implemented across multiple sites, the benefits of that approach


PLAN: Please describe how you developed and planned the implementation of your EnMS. At a minimum, please address the following in your response:

  • How did you gain the commitment of top decision makers in your organization?
  • How did you use data to help you develop an appropriate approach? Describe the process of understanding energy consumption and use.
  • How did you ensure that the EnMS would support the strategy and targets of your organization?
  • Describe your process for reviewing and analyzing energy use, deciding where to focus resources, and prioritizing action.
  • If the EnMS was for multiple sites, how was it developed for multiple sites?

Optional topics you might want to include: 

  • How did you obtain financial commitments and resources? 
  • If this was for recertification, how did the process differ from initial certification?


DO, CHECK, and ACT: Please describe how you implemented your plan, reviewed results, and took steps to continually improve. At a minimum, please address the following in your response:

  • Describe the implementation process. Who was involved? If this was for multiple sites, how was implementation coordinated?  
  • How did the top management of your organization provide motivation or support?
  • List key activities identified and implemented in the plan that improved energy performance
  • Were the targets achieved?
  • How did you determine whether performance had improved? How did you validate and verify results? For energy performance improvement, see instruction and formula and use the prescribed metrics (if you used a different formula, please explain, to avoid losing points).
    • Describe your methodology for determining energy performance improvement
    • Indicate the timeframes for your baseline and reporting periods
    • Please specify factors used to normalize the data, including regression analysis and/or variables (e.g., weather, production, occupancy, product shifts, etc.).
  • What tools and resources were used?

Optional topics you might want to include:

  • How did you implement operational control?
  • How did you engage employees in energy management? Was new training needed?
  • Did procurement processes at your organization change based on the EnMS data?
  • How did you prepare for the third-party EnMS audit?
  • Five (5) bonus points are available for second- and third-party verification of energy performance improvement, see details.

20 (+5 bonus points available)

TRANSPARENCY: Please describe how you publicly announced your organization’s ISO 50001 certification or reported this certification to voluntary reporting programs (for example, Carbon Disclosure Project)


LESSONS LEARNED: If you were to do it all over again, what would you do differently?


QUOTES AND VISUALS: Please include a quotation or two highlighting the business value of ISO 50001 or its usefulness. These quotes should provide unique insights rather than generalities. Please include supporting graphics, such as a photo of your energy team or facility and any charts, graphs, or tables showing relevant data, such as costs and benefits.


Evaluation Criteria

Your case study should demonstrate the business case for using an EnMS certified to ISO 50001 and provide useful insights to help others understand the key steps in setting up and maintaining an EnMS.


Case study provides:

  • Insightful description of how an EnMS can be tailored to meet the specific goals and circumstances of an organization (whether the organization is experienced or new to EnMS, pursuing initial certification or recertification, or implementing at a single site or multiple sites).
  • Insight on how to implement an EnMS, assess progress, and ensure continual improvement.
  • Insight on the use of energy measurement data to guide planning and decision-making to achieve and maintain energy performance improvements.
  • Compelling business case for the use of an ISO 50001-certified EnMS (based on varied benefits and related labor or capital investments).

Calculating Energy Performance Improvement

Among the key changes in the 2018 version of ISO 50001 compared to the previous edition includes clarification on the normalization of energy performance indicator and energy baseline—and clarification of related text to provide a better understanding of these concepts.


For the 2019 awards program, see details below for two techniques to calculate energy performance improvement. A higher score will result from using the more advanced technique (“Better” listed below) to calculate the energy performance improvement.


Energy Performance Improvement


Compare reporting period with baseline period energy consumption (each period should be 12 consecutive months). Baseline period should be before/during the EnMS implementation. Reporting period should be during/after the EnMS implementation. For multiple sites, perform calculations for each site, and then sum calculations, weighting each site based on relative baseline year energy consumption.


energy performance improvement calculation

If the reporting period does not immediately follow the baseline period, the energy performance improvement should be stated to include the number of years over which it is (total time between end of baseline year and end of reporting year), otherwise it should be stated to be over one year.


“Energy Consumption” for the organization’s EnMS scope and boundary in the equation above:


  • Good – total energy intensity (e.g., GJ/kg product produced, GJ/occupant, GJ/customers served, GJ/value added); explain how you took into account the influence of energy driving/governing factors when determining the energy performance improvement
  • Better – Normalized total energy consumption (linear regression analysis used to normalize relevant variables like weather [e.g., heating/cooling degree days], production, occupancy [normalized GJ] so that the comparison is done to reflect the same conditions in the baseline year and the reporting year – use either the forecasting or back-casting technique on each energy source)


If your organization uses a different formula than noted above and wish to include this in the case study, please provide rationale and fully explain the calculation of energy performance improvement, for review by the selection committee.

Bonus Points for Verification of Energy Performance Improvement

For energy performance improvement, 5 bonus points could be awarded for those who had their improvement verified by an independent second (customer) or third party.


Acceptable verification could be conducted by:


Certification Bodies:



Credentialed Personnel:



Entrants will need to enter the name of the Certification Body or credentialed person (and the name of that person’s credential) and the name of the measurement and verification protocol that was used by them. The EWMG will cross check against publicly-available listings or have credentialing organizations confirm.

EnMS Costs, Estimated Staff Time, and Energy Cost Savings

To determine the cost to implement the EnMS, please include:

  • Internal/external staff time to develop, implement, and maintain EnMS
  • Additional monitoring and metering equipment installed to meet EnMS requirements
  • Internal/external staff time to prepare for external audit
  • Third-party audit


For estimated staff time, please indicate the following in your case study:

  • Internal/external staff time to develop, implement, and maintain EnMS (choose 1):
    • Less than a half year of equivalent staff time
    • One half year to one year
    • Greater than 1 year
    • Don’t know


For energy cost savings, please indicate the following in your case study:

  • Overall energy cost savings = Savings from the EnMS + savings from projects with capital investment
  • Percent of overall cost savings that was due to operational savings:
    • Less than 25%
    • 25-50%
    • 50-75%
    • 75-100%

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Selection Process

The Secretariat will conduct an initial review of each entry to ensure eligibility and confirm that the ISO 50001 certificate was issued by an accredited certification body.

Selection will entail a juried process with a panel of energy management system experts from diverse countries. 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. The EMWG Secretariat will work with the experts to prevent conflicts of interest or the appearance of such conflicts.


Each case study will be reviewed by at least 2 experts. The experts will score the entries on a scale from 0 to 100 (plus 5 bonus points) using the Evaluation Criteria. All accepted case studies that address the case study topics and 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.


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.

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Award Notification

After the selection process is complete, award recipients will be notified by email. The anticipated date for notification is mid-April 2019.

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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 and their programs. 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 provides administrative support to the awards program.

Participating countries