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Recruitment Now Open for the North American Supply Chain Energy Management Program

Montreal, 17 October 2017—Today, at the 5th Annual Forum on Energy Management in Mexico City and at the Supplier’s Partnership for the Environment meeting in Greenville, South Carolina, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) launched the North American Supply Chain Energy Management Program. Created in partnership with the energy agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States, the program aims to increase North American industrial efficiency, sustainability, and regional competitiveness.

North America accounts for 14% of the total global industrial sector energy consumption. This new training program will help North American companies and their supply chains develop a common road map to reduce their energy consumption and generate significant cost savings.

Groups of companies will receive training on the ISO 50001 energy management system. Designed and delivered by energy experts, the program includes workshops, in-plant visits, and step-by-step guidance to apply the ISO 50001 framework and achieve continuous energy improvements in their facilities and across their supply chains.

Eligible groups include manufacturers and their suppliers, industrial clusters, or industry organization members that share common energy management improvement goals and want to train in groups and share best practices across their supply chains.

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About the CEC’s North American Supply Chain Energy Management Program

The North American Supply Chain Energy Management Program provides training to companies and their suppliers on the implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management system. The training program is administered by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía, and the US Department of Energy.

In 2015, the CEC engaged nine multinational corporations in key North American sectors to implement ISO 50001 in 18 of their facilities. Looking ahead, in January 2018, the CEC will begin training in an ISO 50001 supply chain deployment model in up to 40 supplier facilities across North America.

Increasing Industrial Energy Efficiency through ISO 50001

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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