US Department of Energy

Application Deadline Extended to Jan. 8, 2016: Opportunity from U.S. DOE to participate in ISO 50001/SEP pilot


Source: US Department of Energy

The DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office announces a unique opportunity for companies to participate in a pilot program that will help companies implement ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) across multiple facilities throughout North America and worldwide. The deadline for Applications has been extended, and they are now due by January 8, 2016. Please feel free to share this opportunity with others who may be interested.


Facilities certified to SEP have achieved annual savings of $36,000 to $938,000 using no-cost or low-cost operational measures. Selected participants will learn how to apply and implement the ISO 50001 energy management system and SEP program as well as share best practices across multiple facilities to improve energy performance, reduce energy costs, and lower carbon emissions.

The pilot program involves a series of training workshops to be held in 2016 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Each country will have a cohort of companies and facilities to participate. Energy management experts will train and coach company staff on ISO 50001 and SEP implementation to identify energy cost-saving opportunities. Companies will also receive international recognition for their commitment to energy efficiency through their ISO 50001 and SEP certifications.

Company Commitment
For each participating company, staff from up to three facilities will be trained. The company and facility management will need to commit personnel time and resources to attend trainings and implement an energy management system. Depending on site size and complexity, estimated internal staff time required to support adequate implementation of the energy management system is half- to full-time equivalent (multiple people) over the 18-month training period. Training costs will be shared between the company and the CEC, representing US$12,000 per company for up to three facilities enrolled in the same training location. (DOE will waive these training costs for any selected companies that are DOE Better Plants partners). Certification costs for ISO 50001 and SEP will be borne by the company (estimate of $10K to $20K per facility).

Selection Criteria will involve:

  • Strong senior-level commitment to energy management
  • Adoption of at least one certified management system in place (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, OHSAS 18001) within the participating facilities
  • Desire to pursue ISO 50001 and SEP certification.
  • Priority will be given to companies with participating facilities in all three countries: Canada, Mexico, and United States
  • Willingness to expand ISO 50001/SEP implementation to other North American or global facilities

How to Apply:
If you are interested in this program please see the following materials from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation:

About this Pilot Program

This program, the North American Energy Management Pilot Program (NAEMPP), will equip companies across North America with the expertise and resources to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, and develop approaches for implementing the ISO 50001 standard and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program in their respective facilities. DOE is working in partnership with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) and the national energy agencies in Canada and Mexico, National Resources Canada and Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy).

For any questions on the pilot program, please contact Paul Scheihing, DOE SEP lead at or call him at 202-586-7234.

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