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CEC launches a novel trilateral energy efficiency initiative

Companies across North America are invited to apply for our Energy Management Pilot Program!

Montreal, 3 November 2015—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is spearheading an innovative pilot program to help North American companies reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

In partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía, and the US Department of Energy, the CEC is offering a series of training sessions in 2016 in the three countries to support implementation of ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP)  certification.

The North American Energy Management Pilot Program includes energy management training and coaching to implement the ISO 50001 standard, the globally accepted best practice for an energy management system. Participating companies can also take the extra step and demonstrate improved energy performance by seeking SEP certification. Benefits for companies include energy and cost savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and third-party verification of their energy performance.

This initiative supports efforts to develop a harmonized North American approach to energy management systems. It also promotes the implementation of more robust energy management practices in companies that have facilities located across the region.

To enroll, interested companies should already have experience with energy management systems (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 and OHSAS 18001). All selection criteria, along with information regarding the application process, are described in our Energy Program webpage. The application deadline is 7 December 2015.

Visit the Energy Program webpage and register to submit your application online. For any questions, contact Nathalie Daoust, Interim Program Manager, at ndaoust@cec.org.

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.

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