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Superior Energy Performance

  • Schneider  Electric: Ten certified facilities
    Schneider Electric: Ten certified facilities

    Schneider Electric now has ten SEP-certified facilities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

  • Nissan NA: Smyrna, TN
    Nissan NA: Smyrna, TN

    The SEP Silver-certified Nissan facility saves $938,000 annually, and achieved payback in only four months. View the case study.

  • HARBEC, Inc.: Ontario, New York
    HARBEC, Inc.: Ontario, New York

    HARBEC’s SEP Platinum-certified facility improved energy performance 16.5% in 3 years and now saves $43,000 annually—with no capital investment. View the case study.

  • Mack Trucks: Macungie, PA
    Mack Trucks: Macungie, PA

    The SEP Platinum-certified Mack Trucks facility improved energy performance 41.9% over 10 years, through the hard work of its energy team (pictured).

Superior Energy Performance logoCertifyin​g Increased Energy Productivity under ISO 50001

Facilities certified to Superior Energy Performance® (SEP™) are leaders in energy management and productivity improvement. The facilities in SEP have met the ISO 50001 standard and have improved their energy performance up to 25% over three years or up to 40% over 10 years.

SEP provides guidance, tools, and protocols to drive deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001. To become certified, facilities must implement an energy management system that meets the ISO 50001 standard and demonstrate improved energy performance. An independent third party audits each facility to verify achievements and qualify it at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level, based on energy performance improvement. This certification emphasizes measureable savings through a transparent process.

SEP-certified facilities note that investing the extra effort in SEP—beyond ISO 50001—is clearly worth it. Cost-benefit assessments find that SEP helps facilities in a wide range of industries and large energy users. Results to date:

  • "SEP helped justify expenditures to management. The measurement and verification in SEP helped to identify real cost savings, which we were able to reinvest into additional energy projects." - Cooper Tire, Texarkana, ARAnnual savings of $87,000 to $984,000 using no-cost or low-cost operational measures—Read the business case for SEP
  • 10% reduction in energy costs within 18 months of SEP implementation (on average)
  • 6% to 25% improvement in energy performance over three years
  • Paybacks of less than two years (in facilities with energy costs > $1.5 million annually).

An energy management system (EnMS) helps a facility establish the policies and procedures to systematically track, analyze, and improve energy efficiency. Learn more about energy management using ISO 50001. The DOE eGuide for ISO 50001 helps facilities think through and streamline the implementation process to maximize and sustain savings. Read about the certification process to learn how to prepare and qualify for SEP and ISO 50001 certification.

The SEP program was designed to drive systematic energy performance improvement across the U.S. manufacturing sector—significantly reducing energy use and carbon emissions. It was developed with active participation by industry members of the U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) and is currently administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Audits are performed only by SEP Verification Bodies accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). DOE provides recognition to facilities certified to SEP.