Energy Management Working Group (EMWG)

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The Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) was launched in July 2010 to reduce global energy use in industry and commercial buildings by encouraging industrial facilities and commercial buildings to pursue continuous improvements in energy efficiency through the implementation of energy management systems, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001 standard. Through the EMWG, energy ministries worldwide share best practices and leverage their collective knowledge and experience to deliver high-impact national programs that accelerate the use of ISO 50001. The EMWG also engages private industry, non-government organizations (NGOs), standards and accreditation bodies, and regional energy efficiency programs to combine strengths and support cohesive national and regional energy and climate strategies. Partnerships with organizations such as ISO and UNIDO also strengthen the EMWG’s focus on quality implementation of EnMS and ISO 50001.

The EMWG contributes to work under the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme.

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Recent Developments

Over the past year, the EMWG has focused on fostering technical exchanges and designing collaborative solutions among participating countries to support greater uptake of effective energy management practices. As a result, in 2016 the EMWG:

  • Launched the Energy Management Campaign endorsed by 15 CEM member governments, 9 of whom had already made concrete pledges. This government support was amplified by commitments from 6 leading private sector organizations and 4 key NGOs.
  • Recognized inaugural winners of the Energy Management Leadership Awards and published ISO 50001 case studies from applicants in 35 businesses in 20 countries. The top 3 companies were recognized at the seventh (2016) Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, CA.
  • Certified the first ISO 50001 Lead Auditors under the Energy Professionals International global certification scheme to provide greater reliability in ISO 50001 certification outcomes.
  • Released the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001), which estimates energy and emission savings resulting from the implementation of the ISO 50001 and is based on a methodology developed by ISO 50001 experts from 18 countries.
  • Hosted dialogues between the public and private sector at international events to identify ways to help policymakers respond to the needs of companies and support robust implementation of ISO 50001.
  • hosted a series of policy exchanges (including webinars and bilateral meetings) to share the latest policy and program developments, and explore new areas for joint activities.

The latest publications for this Task Group can be found on the Publications page.

Membership and governance

Leading members: the United States.
Participants: Australia, Canada, Chile, the European Commission (EU), Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. China and Denmark are observers.

Further information

Visit the Clean Energy Ministerial page on the EMWG for further details on this task group.