U.S.A going a step ahead of ISO with SEP... Going for capturing the "essence" and freeing from certification pressure

U.S.A. ISO/TC242 expert speaks to Japanese ISO dedicated magazine "ISOS" [Overview page]

The Japanese monthly magazine "ISOS" is a well-known ISO dedicated publication to provide latest ISO related information on activities, studies, and developments in Japanese. In the March edition of "ISOS", the interview article with an U.S.A. ISO/TC242 expert provided a very clear picture about SEP and its programs currently being promoted by USCEEM and DOE in the U.S.A. This article should stimulate Japanese readers who are struggling in tackling with ISO 50001 international standard with some new ideas given by the SEP program. We believe it is also a good reference to those who are not yet familiar with SEP program, and therefore would like to introduce summary of the message coming from the article.
The expsert urges Japanese industries to adopt ISO 50001 which is a beneficial tool to enhance Japan's leading role in energy saving technology through energy management aspects in the global scene. The part that will generate ISO 50001 awareness in Japan is where the expert speaks about SEP's drive to improve energy performance improvement and the certification part should come with the performance. He elaborated this from the perspective of both ISO and SEP positions "when implementing ISO 50001, there is an option for energy users to self-declare conformance".
The article also provides overview of the following three key SEP programs:
      a)  Energy performance verification standardization scheme
      b)  Energy management scorecard scheme for performance ranking
      c)  Success stories of significant energy performance improvement results from SEP pilot program
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EnMS-Doc is putting a high value on the fact that through the SEP effort, the U.S. government is addressing energy management operation as a priority and focal point for the industrial sector to build up competitive advantage in the global scene. EnMS-Doc will continue to follow SEP updates and plan to provide timely key information to our visitors.

GSEP Introduction

In the article, the expert also introduced briefly about GSEP by stating "During the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) took place in July 2010, Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) was founded as an Japan-U.S.A. initiative related to energy conservation (refer to the chart on the right prepared by METI, Japan). In GSEP, there are 6 ongoing working groups (WG), and 3 WGs (Cement, Power, Steal) chaired by Japan, 2 WG (EnMS certification, Cool Roofs and Pavements) chaired by the U.S.A. and 1 WG (Combined Heat and Power and Efficient District Heating and Cooling) chaired Finland. The WG are liaised with METI for Japan, DOE for the U.S.A. and Ministry of Employment and the Economy for Finland."
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By the way, listed below is three important meetings related to GSEP held in March and April:
12-13 March 2012   Tokyo, Japan   "GSEP Sectoral Working Group Sessions (Power, Steel and Cement WG)
22-23 March 2012   Seoul, Korea    "GSEP Energy Management Working Group Meeting"
25-26 April 2012      London, UK      "Clean Energy Ministerial 3 (CEM3)"

"Business Continuity vs. Energy" Management System

In the same March edition of "ISOS" also features "Business Continuity Management: The latest ISO standard trend and key elements to adopt BSMS". When observing the BSMS, you will appreciate very much that "Energy Management" and "Business Continuity" are linked by fate. "Business Continuity" is a globally hot topics today because from the recent global experiences, people are realising that "without energy you cannot sustain the business". Once you are adopting ISO 50001 based energy management operation, automatically you are advancing to manage the business continuity aspects. The 12 management documents that are offered from our menu pages designed to ensure ISO 50001 compatible energy management operation are receiving very favourable review for their nature of coherency in guiding towards business continuity management.

"Practical Guide to ISO 50001 Energy Management System"
Purpose of this presentation is to provide a summary of "EnMS Charter", the highest level document in EnMS.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Energy Monitoring


Welcome to the wonderful world of Energy Monitoring

For those of you in charge of energy management operation:

There are invisible creatures called "energy" running around endlessly.

How can you make the creatures behave without being able to seeing them?

Energy monitoring will enable you to visualise how do creatures run and behave.

By seeing their movement, your world of energy management lit up at once.

         Welcome to the wonderful world of Energy Monitoring

● Seeing energy movement

Just by seeing, we are intelligent enough to think how to calm down energy, and act on it.

● Obtaining results

Then for sure, a good result follows.

● Seeing the results

By seeing the result, person making effort will be motivated.

● Reporting the result

Result with legitimate data lets report to boss with confidence. With boss's praise, the person will be even more motivated.

● Sustaining & improving further

No one stronger than a person with motivation. Not just effort to sustain the result, contriving for further improvement.

         Welcome to the wonderful world of “Miyeru-ka”


We have created a energy monitoring introdutory document "Welcome to the wonderful world of Energy Monitoring". If you are interested, please download.


The reason why we want to endorse ISO 50001 self-certification

We, EnMS-Doc Associates, from the following thoughts hope that self-certification of ISO 50001 will be a common practice globally in the very near future.

(1)  Prime purpose of energy management is not only to reduce energy consumption per unit of output but is a business
      operation how to maximize output per unit of energy consumption.

(2)  Unlike managing how to prevent negative impacts, energy mnagement is to produce the highest value and quality goods
      or services at the lowest energy consumption to gain global competitive advantage

(3)  The business issues such as how much added value created have to be self-evaluated within the energy user

(4)  When carring out sustainable business business development, the organization must decide (1) to value the benefit
      of obtaining certification through the third party certification body; or (2) to value the benefit
      of taking the essence of gaining energy performance improvement by concentrating
      in energy management operation, leading to performing self-evaluation to declare voluntary certification.

(5)  Authenticity of self-certification is largely depended on how the organization effectively communicates
      its commitment in thier sustainablity and CSR practices.

(6)  The most important element of the communication is to establish a solid documentation ensuring the continual
      energy performance improvement as the energy management operation is properly executed in
      harmony with the documentation.

(7)  In other words, when a solid documentation is established for energy management operation and provided it
      is executed in harmony with the contents, the self-declaration is immovable even facing an
      sudden inspection without notice.

(8)  Even when EnMS audit is performed, it is anticipated that more than 80 % audit activities will be time spent on
      evaluating the documentation. This is because the quantitative evaluation of the energy performance
      improvement, defining baseline and EnPI are done through records of data and documents
      supporting them to verify the compatibility to the requirements.

In order to support the ISO 50001 self-declaration motive, those who benefit from must voice to move forward. Please provide your comments regarding ISO 50001 self-declaration. We will continue to endorse so the self-declaration system is soon in place. We also believe certification bodies will benefit from the system, and we see some organization are already coming up with services promoting the self-declaration.

An important message from the content of ISO 50001

For the person(s) responsible for leading the EnMS operation, ISO 50001 is very useful global standard. Reasons can be the followings:

(1)  The prime purpose of energy management is to continual improvement of energy performance, and if the system is valid,
      it automatically complies to ISO 50001 standard, and therefore principally it provides "self certification" framework.

(2)  Since it is the international standard, it provide the system to quantify and verify the energy performance improvement at
      the universal scale no matter where your business units are located globally or locally.                   

(3)  Person(s) responsible for leading the EnMS operation has the role and responsibility to create and maintain the
      management documents including "EmNS Charter" to ensure the operation is ISO 50001 compatible, and so the
      organization is comfortable in self certifying.

It is important to continuously re-visit the real purpose of ISO 50001: energy performance improvement.

It is through Energy Management System (EnMS) documentation, energy performance improvement can be pursued and verified...This is the beauty of ISO 50001!!

If you appreciate the content of ISO 50001, then you come to realize that...

ISO 50001 is not at all particular about the "certification".

ISO 50001 is particular about "Improving your energy performance"

It strongly recommends to take the essence rather than formality.

So, what is the “essence”?

It is to ensure adding value to your business and its sustainability by improving energy performance in your operation.

So then, exactly what is ISO 50001 requiring?

Nothing. It is to promote the mission that each organization has: "Sustainable business development" through achieving the energy performance improvement objectives and targets, as a result of implementing the energy management system in line with the business operation. This is ISO 50001's aim and hope.

So then, how do you proceed with the ISO 50001 EnMS operation?Learn more...


DOE Announces Up To $3 Million to Administer Superior Energy Performance Program... ...For the full story, please visit DOE site/ EERE News/Progress Alerts page

Documentation is very important in EnMS operation and for the ISO 50001 certification...Learn more...

ISO 50001 is to eliminate ISO-lation...Learn more...

"Welcome ISO 50001"Learn more...

Our mission #1

To provide guidebooks for ISO 50001 related documents which also serve as template for creating document

Our mission #2

To broaden association with organisation or individuals involving EnMS in compliance with ISO 50001
Permission to use extracts from ISO 50001 was provided by Standards Council of Canada. No further reproduction is permitted without prior written approval from Standards Council of Canada.

Home pages we follow

We are following the progress of the SEP programs promoted by USCEEM.

We are keeping our eyes on the GSEP development under the CEM

We learn a lot from this ISO dedicated publisher website
(only in Japanese)。

We benefit a lot from real time information blog pages provided by Mr. Nakao (only in Jaoanese)