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The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) aims to establish energy management as a key energy efficiency strategy for the industrial and commercial buildings sectors, and works with governments and partners to create or expand programs and policies to promote EnMS adoption. These programs and policies can target the private sector, but EMWG also recommends that governments expand the use of EnMS to publicly owned facilities.


Linking EnMS to Positive Impacts on Productivity and Climate Change

Energy Management Campaign: Governments, business, industry, and other key partners are using the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. Evidence shows that organizations adopting the ISO 50001 standard are realizing initial energy improvements of 10% or more and achieving net cost savings, mostly through low-cost or no-cost changes to operations. ISO 50001 supports the global climate agenda and provides a universal, reliable benchmark for measuring progress toward energy and climate goals. The Energy Management Campaign partners with global leaders from governments, private sector companies, and energy and climate-focused organizations that commit to concrete actions that promote robust ISO 50001 implementation. The campaign will continue to seek additional commitments until the goal—50,001 certifications globally—is achieved.  

View commitments on the Energy Management Campaign’s webpage


Get Involved: Global public and private sector leaders are taking action to implement EnMS and use the ISO 50001 standard as a transparent mechanism to demonstrate progress towards climate and energy goals. View these commitments and join the Campaign at

ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network and ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool: The EMWG gathers data to analyze the impact of ISO 50001 on productivity and climate change. Internationally acceptable methods for data collection, measurement, and analysis yield more informed business and policy decisions. In response to this need, the EMWG’s ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network is developing and refining a transparent methodology that can be used at the national or regional level to predict, quantify, and demonstrate the value of ISO 50001. This methodology is embedded in the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001).


The EMWG analyses provide corporate and government leaders with the reliable data needed to assess the value of ISO 50001 to their organizations and the customers or constituents that they serve. In addition, stakeholders can obtain a clearer picture of progress toward energy and climate commitments.


Get Involved: Policymakers, corporate leaders, researchers, and others: use the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001) to gain insight into the energy and emissions savings potential from the implementation of ISO 50001. Technical support is available to countries who would like to use the IET 50001 to estimate national potential. Contact the Secretariat for more information.

Creating reliability in ISO 50001 Outcomes Globally

Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification: EMWG partners came together to create the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification to establish a standardized and high level of knowledge and skills for ISO 50001 Lead Auditors globally. The EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification is consistent with ISO/IEC 17024 and ISO 50003. The credential is being updated to align with the 2018 revision of the ISO 50001 standard.


EMWG governments established a consensus-based international certification scheme and international exam for the ISO 50001 Lead Auditor, including a job task analysis and general principles concerning its implementation. The ISO 50001 EnMS standard has a dual focus on the development of an EnMS and data-driven improvements in energy performance. This dual focus requires a set of skills in the business processes of a management system and the technical requirements of energy performance that are unique in the field of conformity assessment. The effectiveness of ISO 50001 requires auditors with these skills. This certification addresses the global shortage of qualified professionals with these critical skill sets.


The EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification exam is available from the Institute for Energy Management Professionals (IEnMP), which is a non-profit organization currently licensed to offer the certification. The exam is now more widely available at test center locations worldwide through IEnMP’s international test delivery platform. Governments interested in promoting the certification in their own country are encouraged to contact Energy Professionals International, which is a committee under IEnMP that maintains the certification scheme.


Get Involved: Management system experts and energy professionals interested in obtaining EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification should contact the Institute for Energy Management Professionals to learn how to qualify for the exam and to find the nearest test center. Governments interested in conducting outreach about the EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor certification may visit the EPI website or contact the EMWG for more information on how to participate. View the activity fact sheet.

Enhancing EnMS Program Design Through Pilot Projects

EnMS Pilot Projects: EWMG members are sharing best practices, resources, and protocols to conduct pilot projects that have focused on EnMS implementation, and are measuring results with companies on a national level. In Canada, a two-year pilot supported by the EMWG resulted in a 15.2 percent energy performance improvement at a 3M Canada manufacturing facility. The Republic of Korea recently completed a round of pilot projects. Companies that participated in demonstration projects in the United States are pursuing and achieving certification.


North American Energy Management Pilot Program (NAEMPP): The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy) (CONUEE) and the US Department of Energy (DOE), is partnering with nine companies in Canada, Mexico and the United States to implement the NAEMPP. Through the program, selected facilities from these companies will implement the ISO 50001 energy management system standard and the Superior Energy Performance® program. The NAEMPP involves a series of training workshops in 2016 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Qualified participants will learn how to apply a corporate-level energy management system and share best practices across multiple facilities, throughout North America and worldwide. Visit the CEC's North American Energy Management Pilot Program web page for more information.


Contact the Secretariat for more information.


ISO 50001 Global Database

The EMWG is promoting the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) effort to develop a global database of ISO management system certificates, which will include ISO 50001 and other management system standards, such as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. The IAFCERTSEARCH database collects non-sensitive, publicly available certification data and will provide an authoritative source for validating accredited certifications. Compiling this information in a central location will help to uphold the value of accredited certification in the market and avoid issues of misuse that could dilute the value of the standards. Additionally, the database will help track the growth of ISO 50001 certifications worldwide.  


The EMWG is supporting this effort by encouraging certification bodies in their countries to populate the database. In coordination with IAF, the EMWG plans to develop a web page that retrieves ISO 50001 certification statistics for participating EMWG countries. These statistics will be generated from public data in the IAFCERTSEARCH database. This activity will enable participating EMWG governments to track the growth of ISO 50001 in their countries, which will help to measure the effectiveness of their ISO 50001 programs and initiatives. In addition, EMWG governments will be able to provide public recognition to ISO 50001-certified organizations in their countries.


Get Involved: Governments are encouraged to work with their certification bodies to upload data to the global database and to provide public recognition of ISO 50001-certified organizations in their country. Contact the EMWG for more information about participating and view the activity  fact sheet.

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