About this Project

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2015 - 2016

This project is intended to accelerate energy and cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions in North America’s industrial and commercial sectors by helping to grow the workforce needed to implement ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance® program in Canada, Mexico, and the United States; demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of ISO 50001 and SEP implementation; and fostering a North American approach to ISO 50001 and SEP adoption.

The project’s first task will be to establish common requirements for personnel-certification in the region and train energy management professionals to become Certified Practitioners in Energy Management Systems (CP EnMS). These newly certified individuals will be qualified to receive additional coaching and hands-on training experience by serving as “apprentice instructors” during training sessions for the staff of pilot facilities (see second-phase pilot program below). These individuals can eventually go on to become instructors for ISO 50001 and SEP.

The second task will consist of a pilot program. Canada, Mexico, and the United States will identify about five companies/organizations per sector to participate in an ISO 50001 and/or SEP pilot program. Priority will be given to companies/organizations with facilities in all three countries, with special consideration given to those within the North American truck and bus supply chain. In exchange for participating in the North American pilot program, employees in the pilot facilities (“end users”) will receive training on ISO 50001 and/or SEP implementation. Each sector-specific training series will take place in one of the three countries and will consist of approximately three multi-day training sessions over the course of 12 months. The training series will be led by experienced energy consultants. Local professionals who have recently received the necessary qualifications to serve as instructors and have practical experience will shadow the lead instructors and be mentored to become future instructors.

The third task will focus on sharing lessons learned during the pilot program and facilitating dialogue among relevant stakeholders in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, with the goal of creating a more harmonized approach to ISO 50001 and SEP adoption across North America, in part through laying the groundwork for establishing peer-learning networks.