Industry, national governments and businesses back global energy standard to save US$600 billion, 6,500 MT of CO2 emissions

Author:
Clare Saxon Ghauri
Reading time: 2 minutes
2 June 2016

SAN FRANCISCO: Today a campaign was launched to encourage the adoption of a global energy standard which could help companies slash energy use and costs – and is a critical tool for businesses who have pledged to double their energy productivity as part of The Climate Group’s EP100 campaign, an action of the We Mean Business coalition.

The Energy Management Campaign is aiming for 50,001 government, business and industry leaders to share progress toward their climate and energy goals by adopting the global energy management system standard ISO 50001, by 2020.

Wide scale implementation of ISO 50001 across the world’s commercial and industrial sectors could save US$600 billion and avoid 6,500 MT of CO2 emissions according to the Campaign, with projected yearly emissions savings in 2030 totaling the equivalent of taking 215 million passenger vehicles off the road.

The Campaign was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, US.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, who moderated the launch session, said: “The Climate Group is delighted to be supporting the launch of the new Energy Management campaign today in San Francisco. We are a leader in private sector engagement, bringing together the world’s most influential companies to accelerate the clean energy transition. Our pioneering campaigns RE100 and EP100 – which focus on renewable energy and energy productivity – are at the heart of this shift, offering businesses the least-cost decarbonization pathway.

“Through these projects, as well as our extensive work with state and regional governments, The Climate Group commits today to rapidly accelerate the clean energy transition alongside the Energy Management Campaign.”

The Campaign is complementary to The Climate Group’s EP100 campaign, as the standard can be utilized as one of many tools currently available for organizations to fulfil their EP100 pledges.

EP100, which was launched earlier this year at the Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington D.C., showcases the leadership of influential companies from around the world that pledge to double their energy productivity.

ENERGY PRODUCTIVITY

The ISO 50001 standard works by embedding best practices into each business and providing a global, transparent benchmark for climate and clean energy action – while bringing economic benefits to the company.

Organizations that have already implemented the standard are already reaping energy performance improvements of 10% or more as well as net cost savings, often with low-cost or no-cost changes to operations, according to the Campaign.

The success of ISO 50001 is down to its global, collaborative structure, currently drawing on best practices from over 50 collaborative countries. The CEM7 launch was endorsed by many national governments including Mexico, Canada, Germany and the US.

Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary of Energy for Mexico, explained in a statement: “Implementing the ISO 50001 standard provides a consistent and measurable way, across countries, for organizations to increase energy productivity and reduce carbon emissions.

"The Energy Management Campaign in conjunction with the ongoing work of the CEM will play an important role in facilitating the world’s transition to a clean energy economy through global cooperation and public and private partnerships.”

Many leaders announced their partnership to the Campaign today by making major pledges to accelerate ISO 50001 implementation. Several partnering government, business and industry leaders spoke at the CEM7 session ‘Energy Demand – Commercial and Industrial Efficiency’ today, which was moderated by Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group.

by Clare Saxon Ghauri

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