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Long-Term Impact Assessment of CEC’s projects to stimulate uptake of ISO50001 energy efficiency standard (2015–2018)

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to undertake the long-term impact assessment of two projects related to the implementation of the energy efficiency standard ISO 50001.

ISO 50001 is a voluntary energy efficiency standard that was established in 2011. It represents cutting-edge energy-efficiency practices that aim to drive energy performance improvement through a comprehensive organizational change model regarding energy management. Tackling supply chain-related energy efficiency and costs not only helps companies maintain a competitive global edge, but also produces significant environmental benefits. ISO 50001 has proven to be an effective strategy for governments and industries to cost-effectively reduce energy use.

The Superior Energy Performance (SEP) provides guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper and more sustained energy savings from ISO 50001. To become SEP certified, facilities must meet the ISO 50001 standard and demonstrate improved energy performance, i.e., a SEP-certified facility has both the ISO 50001 energy management system (EnMS) and energy performance improvement verified by a third-party auditor.

The CEC projects Accelerating Adoption of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Program Certifications in North America and Increasing Industrial Energy Efficiency through ISO 50001 were implemented under the CEC Operational Plans 2015–2016 and 2017–2018. The first sought to position ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance program (SEP) as key mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency in the industrial and commercial sectors in North America. This project was delivered through a cost-sharing model and partnership with nine multinationals. According to the Evaluation of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Results and Performance under the Strategic Plan 2015–2020, the project yielded the following results: (1) participant private sector stakeholders committed to adopting ISO 50001 and the SEP programs in North America, and (2) relevant lessons learned from the pilot ISO program were shared across North America and reached around 891 stakeholders in the region.

While the 2015–2016 project helped companies adopt ISO 50001 as a key strategy for their operations, few original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the region integrated ISO 50001 throughout their supply chains. Working closely with OEMs and suppliers in key sectors (e.g., automotive, food/beverage, home appliances) the 2017–2018 project aimed to pilot an ISO 50001 supply chain deployment model, resulting in approximately 40 supplier facilities reporting significant and measurable economic, energy and GHG benefits from implementation.

The project, Increasing Industrial Energy Efficiency through ISO 50001, built on the 2015–2016 project and its objective was to further expand the model in North America and develop training tools and case studies. According to the Evaluation of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Results and Performance under the Strategic Plan 2015–2020, the project to accelerate the uptake of energy management systems in the North American industrial sector yielded: (1) a training program and materials to build capacity on ISO 50001 in supply chains were developed and implemented in two North American Nissan supplier cohorts, including 11 facilities from 8 companies, and (2) a guide on how to replicate this approach across all industrial supply chains was published and promoted. Additionally, the CEC has published two case studies: Cummins Filtración SLP: Implementation of an Energy Management System and Ingersoll Rand Manufactura S. de R.L. de C.V. : Implementation of an Energy Management System.

For a complete description of the projects, including tasks and related budget, please visit the CEC website at: <http://www.cec.org/accelerating-adoption-of-iso-50001-and-superior-energy-performance-sep-program-certifications-in-north-america/>  and <http://www.cec.org/increasing-industrial-energy-efficiency-through-iso-50001-1/>.

Deadlines for Proposal Submission and Decision

The proposal, including all relevant attachments, must be received by the CEC Secretariat offices by 17:00 EST on 7 August 2023. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to rinfiesta@cec.org Proposal format may be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Once the proposal has been submitted electronically, the CEC will confirm receipt within three business days. If receipt is not confirmed by e-mail within this time, applicants must contact the CEC. The contact person is:

Rocío de la Infiesta
Assistant to the Director, Government Relations, Strategy and Performance
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

The CEC Secretariat intends to select the consultant and notify the applicants within a reasonable period of time following the proposal submission deadline, and no later than 21 August 2023.

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August 7, 2023 5:00pm


The budget for this activity will not exceed C$20,000 (Canadian dollars), including professional fees and expenses.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.