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  • ISO 50001/SEP Pilot Program – Applications Due 12/7
    ISO 50001/SEP Pilot Program – Applications Due 12/7

    The U.S. DOE invites applications for a pilot program to help companies implement ISO 50001 and the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program across multiple facilities throughout North America and worldwide. This pilot program is in partnership with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation and national energy agencies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

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

    Nissan NA’s Smyrna, TN facility achieved SEP recertification at the Platinum level in May 2015. View the case study from Nissan’s original 2012 SEP certification which shows how the facility saves $938,000 annually, and achieved payback in only four months.

  • Land O’ Lakes, Inc.: Carlisle, PA
    Land O’ Lakes, Inc.: Carlisle, PA

    The Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Carlisle, Pennsylvania facility is the first dairy manufacturer in the U.S. to receive SEP and ISO 50001 certification. The facility (pictured above), received SEP Silver certification in March 2015 for a 5.7% energy performance improvement over 3 years.

  • Curtiss-Wright: Cheswick, PA
    Curtiss-Wright: Cheswick, PA

    The energy team (pictured) at Curtiss-Wright in Cheswick, Pennsylvania helped the facility receive its SEP certification in March 2015. The facility was recognized for being certified at the Silver level with a 7.6% improvement in energy performance over 3 years.

  • Schneider  Electric: Eleven certified facilities
    Schneider Electric: Eleven certified facilities

    Enterprise Implementation: Schneider Electric is implementing SEP across its North American manufacturing enterprise (Canada, Mexico and United States).

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 30% over three 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:

  • general_dynamics.pngAnnual savings of $36,000 to $938,000 using no-cost or low-cost operational measures—Read the business case for SEP
  • 12% reduction in energy costs within 15 months of SEP implementation (on average)
  • 5.6% to 30.6% improvement in energy performance over three years
  • Paybacks of less than 1.5 years (in facilities with energy costs > $2 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 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.

Companies are testing strategies to implementing SEP across multiple facilities within the corporation. In this SEP enterprise-wide accelerator, companies are pursuing a corporate-level ISO 50001 certificate, with SEP certification across select facilities. In addition, DOE is partnering with a group of leading water and wastewater treatment agencies to demonstrate the energy and efficiency benefits of implementing SEP.

The SEP program was designed to drive systematic energy performance improvement across the U.S. manufacturing and commercial buildings sectors—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.