Energy Management Working Group (EMWG)

Energy Management Working Group (EMWG)

The EMWG was launched in 2010 to reduce global energy use in industrial and commercial buildings. It does so 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. Read more


Lead member(s): Canada and 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 and the United Arab Emirates. The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the EMWG’s operating agent.

Energy Management Working Group (EMWG)

Recent developments

Current activities

The EMWG’s work focuses on:

  • Securing new and updated commitments to the Energy Management Campaign, which aims to reach 50,001 global certifications to ISO 50001 by 2020;
  • Evaluating and awarding the 2018 Energy Management Leadership Awards competition;
  • Promoting EPI ISO 50001 Lead Auditor training and certification Program, which was developed to establish a high level of knowledge and skills for certified persons globally and provide greater reliability of ISO 50001 certification outcomes;
  • Interfacing with the international standards community to provide input on the ISO 50001 family of standards;
  • Promoting countries’ use of the IET 50001 Tool and methodology in national analyses through the EMWG’s ISO 50001 Global Impacts Research Network; and
  • Facilitating ongoing dialogue between member governments, industry, standardisation bodies, and other partners on ISO 50001 and other national/ international standards.


Over the past years, the EMWG has:

  • Expanded the Energy Management Campaign to 17 economies, one municipality, eight companies, and four supporting international organisations;
  • Held two rounds of the Energy Management Leadership Awards ;
  • Promoted the Energy Professionals International (EPI) ISO 50001 Lead Auditor Certification Program, which has certified professionals in Mexico, the U.S. and Turkey since 2016;
  • Provided recommendations to the International Accreditation Forum’s efforts to develop a database to track energy management system certifications, including ISO 50001;
  • Published a range of practical case studies and data on the experiences of the early adopters of Energy Management Systems; and
  • 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.

Related publications

Energy Management Leadership Awards

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Supporting energy efficiency progress in major economies. Annual report 2017

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Energy and Carbon Savings: Insights from Companies Certified to ISO 50001

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