CEM7 launches campaign to boost ISO 50001
June 8, 2016 - An international assembly of energy leaders attending the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) have launched the Energy Management Campaign, a high-level international effort to promote ISO 50001, the global energy management system standard. The assembly calls this campaign a call to action—urging governments, business, industry, and other key partners to use the 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.
By Renée Francoeur
Analysis shows that implementation of ISO 50001 across global commercial and industrial sectors could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, CEM says, saving over $600 billion in energy costs.
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 companies—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 Jennifer Rumsey, vice-resident and chief technical officer 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 honoured to join the Energy Management Campaign because we believe structured energy management and aggressive goals are key to making progress in global energy efficiency.”
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, DriveTo50001.org. Energy ministers and partners will report progress during the next Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), which will be hosted by China in 2017.
Since the standard’s publication in 2011, CEM says 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.