Cummins, Inc. is one of only three companies worldwide to win the 2016 Award of Excellence in Energy Management from the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), an active forum of energy ministers from 28 countries. This is the inaugural year of the global Energy Management Awards program sponsored by CEM. The organization also issued its Energy Management Insight Award to 32 companies around the globe, including six U.S. companies: 3M; Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation; Detroit Diesel; Harbec, Inc.; Schneider Electric; and Nissan North America. All U.S. winners own manufacturing plants certified to the global ISO 50001 standard for energy management systems and to Superior Energy Performance (SEP). The award recipients are honored for helping to build global awareness of the benefits of energy management systems.

“At Cummins, making energy management a standard practice is critical to achieving our goals,” said Alan Resnik, Director of Facilities and Operations Environmental Management. “We’ve implemented global management systems, using processes and tools that enable our employees to be efficient, effective and successful.  ISO 50001 has helped Cummins become even better in energy management and it can benefit other companies, too.”

Cummins’ prestigious award is based on a detailed case study describing ISO 50001 implementation, certification, and business benefits across nine of its facilities, including four in the United States, four in the United Kingdom, and one in India. Cummins’ U.S. facilities honored by the top award are the Cummins Engine Plant and Technical Center in Columbus, IN; Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Whitakers, NC; and Jamestown Engine Plant in Lakewood, NY.

Facilities recognized by an Insight Award are located at the following sites (by company):

3M Company: 18 facilities, including 1 in the United States (Cordova, IL); 4 in Canada; 1 in France; 8 in Germany; 2 in Poland; 1 in the Republic of Korea; and 1 in Taiwan
Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corporation: Cheswick, PA
Detroit Diesel: Detroit, MI
HARBEC, Inc.: Ontario, NY
Nissan North America, Inc., Smyrna, TN
Schneider Electric: 20 facilities, including 13 in the United States (Lexington, KY.; Oxford, OH; Seneca, SC; Columbia, SC; Smyrna, TN; Clovis, CA; Costa Mesa, CA; Lincoln, NE; West Kingston, RI; Columbia, MO; Cedar Rapids, IA; Peru, IN.; and Portland, OR); 2 in Canada; and 5 in Mexico

The case studies are available at The ISO 50001 framework helps companies manage and continually improve energy performance to reduce costs and emissions. To become certified to SEP, facilities 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.

The Energy Management Leadership Awards program is organized by the CEM Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which includes participating representatives from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. Through the EMWG, governments share best practices and leverage their collective expertise to accelerate the use of energy management systems in industry and commercial buildings.

Superior Energy Performance® is a DOE-administered certification program that provides guidance, tools, and protocols for facilities that want to achieve deeper, more sustained savings from ISO 50001. SEP also complements and supports the industrial part of DOE's Better Buildings Initiative by verifying facility-level energy performance improvements and savings achieved by participants in the Better Buildings, Better Plants program. Members of the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board developed SEP as a transparent system for certifying sustained improvements in energy performance and management practices.