Energy Management Working Group (EMWG)

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

In 2017, EMWG continued to drive greater undestanding and implementation of energy management systems. Here are some of the outcomes: 

  • Expanded the Energy Management Campaign, which aims to reach 50,001 global certifcations to ISO 50001 by 2020. The Campaign increased its partners to 17 economies, one municipality, eight companies, and four supporting international organisations.

  • Held the second round of the Energy Management Leadership Awards. 37 organisations from around the world were selected for global recognition after submitting qualifying case studies on ISO 50001 implementation, which were published online on the EMWG website. The top three companies were honored at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) in June in Beijing, China.

  • Promoted the Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certifcation Program, which was developed by EMWG governments and UNIDO to establish a high level of knowledge and skills for the certifed persons globally and provide greater reliability in ISO 50001 certifcation outcomes. Professionals in Mexico, the U.S., and Turkey have been certifed under the programme since 2016.

  • Continued to evaluate and analyse impacts of the ISO 50001 standard through the ISO 50001 Impact Estimator Tool (IET 50001). The tool uses a methodology developed collaboratively by experts from 18 countries to estimate energy and emissions savings resulting from the implementation of ISO 50001.

  • Engaged with ISO Technical Committee 301 on the revision of ISO 50001 and the development of new standards. The EMWG shared latest developments with policy makers to ensure integration in national programmes.

  • Provided endorsements and recommendations to the International Accreditation Forum’s eforts to develop a database to track emergy management system certifcations, including ISO 50001.

  • Hosted dialogues between the public and private sectors at international events to identify ways to help policy makers respond to the needs of companies and support robust implementation of ISO 50001.

  • Conducted a series of policy exchanges to share the latest policy and programme developments.

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


Leading members: Canada the United States.
Participants: Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Arab Emirates. The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is the EMWG's operating agent. 

Further information

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