Project Title

Enhancing Regional Conformity Assessment to Ensure Successful ISO 50001 Standard Outcomes 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

EWG 04 2015A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EWG 04 2015A 

Project Title

Enhancing Regional Conformity Assessment to Ensure Successful ISO 50001 Standard Outcomes 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

250,000 

Co-funding Amount

300,000 

Total Project Value

550,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Topics

Energy 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; Chile; Mexico 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Elena Thomas-Kerr (new PO wef 7 September 2017) 

Job Title 1

Senior Advisor, Office of Asian Affairs (IA-31) 

Organization 1

US Department of Energy 

Postal Address 1

1000 Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 586-6566 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Elena.Thomas-Kerr@hq.doe.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Elena Thomas-Kerr 

Project Summary

In collaboration with a Clean Energy Ministerial project team, this project will focus on building regional capacity to improve conformity assessment and ensure successful implementation of the ISO 50001 standard. The ISO 50001 international energy management system standard is a key strategy for increasing the competiveness of APEC economies, meeting APEC energy intensity reduction goals, and promoting green growth. This project will promote greater energy efficiency in manufacturing and other sectors. 

Through regional workshops (workshop dates/locations TBD), webinars and complementary remote technical expert exchanges, this effort will support APEC economies to improve their personnel certification requirements for ISO 50001 Auditors. The project will: 1) Outline regional approaches to build consistent ISO 50001 auditor personnel certification programs; 2) Create successful stakeholder consultations to design domestic actions plans based on the APEC regional approach; and, 3) Support implementation of those domestic action plans resulting in the establishment of personnel certification credentialing programs.

Relevance

The ISO 50001 international energy management system standard is a key energy efficiency strategy for meeting the APEC Leaders’ target to reduce aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035, increasing the competiveness and energy security of APEC economies, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in key economic sectors, including the manufacturing sector. This project aims to build regional capacity, particularly in developing economies, to ensure robust implementation of the standard. ISO 50001 has a dual focus on the development of an energy management system (EnMS) and data-driven improvements in energy performance. This dual focus requires a set of skills in the business processes of a management system and the technical requirements of energy performance that are unique in the field of conformity assessment. New personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 auditors in APEC economies are needed to build the auditor capacity necessary to conduct technically robust and consistent conformity assessments of ISO 50001. This project will build capacity among accreditation and certification bodies in APEC economies to establish or promote new personnel certification programs that are nationally relevant but regionally consistent. By ensuring technical consistency, this project will build greater confidence of ISO 50001 personnel certification schemes among the APEC region, and help fully realize the potential of the standard to improve competitiveness while reducing energy use and GHG emissions. This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) through the Energy Management Working Group (EMWG), which was formerly housed within the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) initiative.

Rank 1: Projects that specifically and significantly contribute to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment: This project contributes to regional economic integration through free and open trade and investment by improving consistency in implementation of Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations and regulatory cooperation in terms of the ISO 50001 standard. The project will also contribute to human capital development, particularly in developing economies, and ensure consistent conformity assessment methods across the region. Certification schemes for personnel will not only help accelerate the development of a qualified workforce but help multi-national companies more easily identify qualified employees and consultants resulting in increased confidence and assurance of ISO 50001 outcomes. 

Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Leaders' Growth Strategy: This project reaffirms the APEC Leaders’ Growth Strategy regarding Promoting Green Growth, Energy Efficiency, and Human Resource Development. ISO 50001 is a key energy efficiency strategy, providing organizations with a framework for evaluating and managing their energy use on an ongoing basis to achieve continual improvement in energy performance and reduction in GHGs. This project aims to build the human resources necessary to successfully implement ISO50001, and achieving the potential of the standard to boost economic competiveness and green growth.

Objectives

The objectives of this project are:

1) Improving harmonization of accredited ISO 50001 certification and its practices through establishment of nationally appropriate but regionally consistent personnel certification schemes for ISO 50001 Auditors;

2) Increasing capacity of accreditation and certification bodies in the region to promote more rigorous and consistent conformity assessment of the ISO 50001 standard; and,

3) Increasing private sector confidence in ISO 50001 certification and increased implementation of the standard resulting in improved energy efficiency throughout APEC.

Alignment

In 2014, APEC Leaders reiterated the importance of improving energy efficiency standards, and instructed the EWG to continue cooperation with the private sector and other organizations to implement capacity building initiatives, harmonization of standards and other efforts to accelerate progress on their 2011 commitment to reduce APEC’s aggregate energy intensity by 45 percent by 2035. This project will also address the APEC Leaders’ priority of ensuring sustainable investment and development of new technology by promoting energy efficiency and lowering GHG emissions.

The EWG Strategic Plan outlines objectives to build the capacity of APEC Member Economies aimed at 1) Strengthening regional and domestic energy security and resilience across the region; 2) Lowering the carbon intensity of energy supply and use; 3) Promoting the diversification of fuels and sources; and 4) Training a gender-inclusive energy workforce. The Plan also includes an objective to collaborate on product and system standards that enhance energy efficiency and information exchange on the impact of such standards to support achievement of the Leaders’ energy intensity reduction goal. This project addresses will further objectives in all of these areas by 1)  Increasing energy security through greater energy efficiency resulting from increased implementation of ISO 50001; 2) Facilitating exchange of best low carbon practices and tools among APEC Member Economies to promote green growth in manufacturing and other sectors to support achievement of APEC’s goal to reduce energy intensity; and 3) Developing gender-inclusive human resource base within member economies to improve capacity to implement personnel certification programs in the area of energy efficiency.

TILF/ASF Justification

This project aims to assist economies from the Asia-Pacific region in building the infrastructure and regional workforce capacity to improve conformity assessment and ensure successful implementation of the ISO 50001 standard. Building workforce capacity to support technically robust ISO 50001 conformity assessments is a worldwide need that is not limited to developing economies. This effort focuses on developing economies in which the demand for ISO 50001 certification is growing. For example, East Asia, Central and South Asia, and Latin America account for more than 12% of global ISO 50001 certifications (Source: R. Peglau of German Federal Environment Agency, April 2014). Developing economies can use ISO 50001 as a mechanism to improve trade and competitiveness, energy efficiency, and GHG emissions mitigation. While the industrial sector represents more than one third of both global primary energy use and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, it is frequently in excess of 50% in emerging economies and developing economies and can lead to conflicts with constraints on energy supply. Economies that have an emerging and rapidly expanding industrial structure can increase their competitiveness by applying ISO 50001 and energy efficient best practices from the outset.

A regional approach is emphasized to ensure consistency of ISO 50001 conformity assessments among multiple economies, increase each participating economy’s competitiveness, build greater confidence in ISO 50001 outcomes, and facilitate progress toward APEC energy intensity goals. 

Due to differing domestic needs, the EMWG will closely engage participating government representatives, accreditation bodies, personnel bodies, and stakeholders to design an approach that assesses its current infrastructure, identifies methods to fill gaps, and leverages international best practices for ISO 50001 conformity assessments. Representatives from the participating economies will be prime contributors to the design of the regional training and personnel certification programs to ensure that domestic policies and local considerations are taken into account.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: This project will produce the following outputs:

1) Events: Three sets of regional capacity building training workshops, hosted in various Asia-Pacific locations. Final selection of locations will be confirmed upon approval of this project and through additional consultation with local representatives. Locations under consideration include Latin America (Mexico or Chile), Indonesia, the Philippines, and China. The EMWG will work with each host site to conduct the following events:

a) Pre-workshop planning meeting with the following types of representatives from the host economy and neighboring APEC economies: government, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, domestic standards authorities, energy practitioners, and ISO 50001 stakeholders. Other APEC economies from the region are highly encouraged to participate. The purpose of the meeting is to gain greater insight into existing workforce programs in the region, infrastructure needs related to ISO 50001 conformity assessment, and relevant domestic policies or issues that may affect ISO 50001 uptake in industry.

b) Training workshops will build on the initial planning. The purpose of the workshops is to develop a regional action plan to build workforce capacity for conducting robust ISO 50001 conformity assessments, including establishing workforce programs to train and certify ISO 50001 Auditors, and strengthening uptake of ISO 50001 in the market.

c) Follow-up webinars with participants will be conducted to solidify next steps for implementing the regional action plan and ensuring the continuation of success beyond project completion. 

2) Tools: Each set of events will result in the following:

a) A set of implementation principles for implementing regionally consistent personnel certification schemes at the domestic level for ISO 50001 Auditors

b) Customized, domestic or regional action plans designed by government representatives and key domestic stakeholders (e.g., accreditation and certification bodies) to implement new personnel certification schemes or to transition existing schemes at the domestic level based upon agreed implementation principles. Each action plan will specify objectives for implementation, roles and responsibilities, and timeline.

3) Knowledge:

a) New or enhanced domestic personnel certification schemes implemented in APEC economies. Resulting training and personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 conformity assessments will also strengthen the technical skills among experts from two different disciplines: energy efficiency and management systems. Management system experts have a background in implementing and certifying management systems, but are usually not familiar with energy issues. Energy efficiency experts have a background in identifying, developing, and implementing energy efficiency projects, but are usually not familiar with continual improvement management system process. Both sets of skills are needed for conducting ISO 50001 conformity assessments. The training and personnel certification programs will enable practitioners from each field to gain the skills and knowledge needed to complete their expertise in conducting ISO 50001 audits.

b) Individuals, including women, certified to be ISO 50001 Auditors. Greater availability of skilled and certified ISO 50001 Auditors will help participating economies respond to the growing demand for ISO 50001 certification while also making progress toward APEC energy intensity goals.

Outcomes: The expected project outputs will provide benefits to a variety of stakeholders in APEC economies: local workforces, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, organizations that pursue ISO 50001 certification, and governments that rely on ISO 50001 to meet energy efficiency and carbon intensity goals. These training workshops will stimulate greater interaction and collaboration among government representatives, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, and various audiences whose participation will to ensure long-term viability of resulting training and personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 Auditors.  

This project seeks to hold the workshops in three different sites to produce three regional action plans. The regional action plans created through the workshop events will establish the roadmap for these various stakeholders to implement and maintain robust training and personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 Auditors that are consistent with international best practices for ISO 50001 conformity assessments. APEC economies that adopt these international best practices can also leverage existing technical resources, e.g., existing EMWG international certification scheme for ISO 50001 Lead Auditor. The action plans will also call for long-term coordination among the various participants to maintain the training and personnel certification programs, make future improvements, and address any barriers that arise.

It is important to note that each regional action plan will differ in its strategy to implement the workforce programs based on local needs and domestic policies. For example, one region could have domestic personnel certification bodies that are ready to implement internationally recognized personnel certification schemes for ISO 50001 auditors. A different region may lack the domestic infrastructure to adopt the scheme, but might prefer to engage an international personnel certification body that would be ready to certify personnel to the ISO 50001 auditor scheme. Although the regional strategies may differ from one another, their common objective will be to promote consistent, international best practices for ISO 50001 conformity assessments and to increase the availability of training and personnel certification opportunities.

The regional action plans will help governments in APEC economies implement new workforce programs in coordination with domestic bodies (e.g., accreditation bodies and personnel certification bodies) whose roles are critical for both initiating the program and sustaining long-term impact. The availability of robust training and personnel certification programs that support ISO 50001 conformity assessments will increase the number of qualified ISO 50001 auditors in the market. Governments will be able to engage existing technical experts and develop new experts who can help industry improve energy efficiency and reduce energy intensity. Individuals that obtain certification as an ISO 50001 auditor will have expertise in energy efficiency and management systems that is consistent with international best practices, which will broaden their career opportunities.

Ultimately, these training and personnel certification programs will increase the uptake of ISO 50001 certification. In addition to government initiatives to promote ISO 50001, Certified ISO 50001 Auditors will be eager to market their services to organizations. The availability of certified ISO 50001 auditors will also benefit organizations seeking ISO 50001 certification. Robust ISO 50001 audits provide proof that the organizations are making measurable and meaningful improvements in energy performance.

As the number of ISO 50001 certifications grow in the APEC region, economies will experience an ongoing reduction of energy intensity and improvement of energy performance. The robust qualifications for ISO 50001 conformity assessments will help APEC economies demonstrate their continued leadership in reducing energy intensity and improving energy performance in the region.

Beneficiaries: This project will bring together the following groups of representatives: government representatives leading domestic, domestic energy efficiency efforts and interact closely with stakeholders; their domestic standards authorities, including senior representatives from accreditation and certification bodies that have experience with overseeing personnel certification programs related to ISO 50001, domestic energy management systems, or other ISO management system standards (e.g., ISO 9001 or ISO 14001); private sector end users, including corporate energy managers from large industrial companies and commercial buildings; experts in international energy efficiency program implementation, e.g., program directors from  UNIDO or similar organizations; and other relevant stakeholders, as determined through consultation with the participating economies

These parties will convene through regional workshops, webinars and technical expert exchanges. These parties will work together to design and execute domestic action plans for implementing personnel certification schemes for ISO 50001 auditors based on implementation principles designed collaboratively at the international level to ensure consistency of domestic action plans across the region. To ensure that the regional projects are relevant to all participating economies, it is recommended that they include economies with similar levels of development, policies or priorities regarding energy use, and interest in and capacity to promote ISO 50001. Geographic proximity is not a requirement but may be a consideration regarding the budget.

Dissemination

All publications will comply with APEC Publication Guidelines as well as APEC Logo Guidelines and Copyrights. Publications include workshop materials, the regional action plan resulting from each of the three workshops, and a final report to APEC that documents the occurrence of the three workshops and summarizes outcomes and project conclusions. These materials will be made available to workshop participants in electronic and/or printed format and posted onto the existing EMWG website for users to download at no cost. The EMWG website is self-funded, and APEC funds will not be used to maintain or modify the EMWG website for this project.   

The training workshops will be advertised to all APEC member economies with a request to further disseminate the information to local media as appropriate. This project seeks broader participation beyond the hosts for the three workshops; additional participation from neighboring APEC economies is highly encouraged. The target audiences include government representatives leading domestic energy efficiency efforts and their domestic standards authorities, accreditation and certification bodies, private sector end users, and experts/practitioners that would conduct ISO 50001 audits.

Gender

The training and personnel certification programs developed through this project will enhance the technical skills of both women and men. Many women already have successful careers as auditors for other management systems standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, but may face additional barriers to becoming an ISO 50001 auditor due to the technical knowledge and skills required. For this reason, targeted training in energy management is a key element for this project. Women are encouraged to seek the training and credentialing as an ISO 50001 auditor, particularly those with relevant qualifications, education, and work experience. ISO 50001 auditors will be highly sought in the market by organizations seeking robust ISO 50001 audits. Obtaining this credential will broaden their employment and economic opportunities and promote greater employment stability.

Women have led the conceptualization of this project and will be engaged throughout the duration of the project. The EMWG will seek equal participation among women and men in workshop planning roles and in workshop participation. The APEC Gender Focal Point Network will also be consulted to identify additional opportunities to ensure equal participation of women and men in the project. During the initial discussions with host and participating government representatives, the EMWG will clearly identify equal participation by women and men as a critical objective. Any lists of prospective workshop invitees must include both women and men candidates from each category of participants described in Question #7. Workshop planners will work to ensure that confirmed attendees include a balance of women and men participants. During the workshop, the EMWG will facilitate discussions to identify barriers to women’s participation in the resulting training or personnel certification programs and strategies and opportunities to minimize these barriers. The regional action plan developed through this project will provide detail on these gender-related barriers and proposed solutions.

Work Plan

Work will begin as soon as project funds are approved and will be completed by end of December 2016. Three training events will be conducted in various Asia-Pacific locations. Final selection of locations will be confirmed upon approval of this project and additional consultation with local representatives. Locations under consideration include Latin America (Mexico or Chile), Indonesia, the Philippines, and China. Each set of events will include one in-person preparatory meeting at the host location, one training workshop to identify to help design and implement regionally consistent but domesticallyly appropriate action plans for building ISO 50001 Auditor capacity and the consistency of ISO 50001 conformity assessments, and follow-up webinar(s) to facilitate implementation of the action plan. Several preparatory webinars and other technical expert exchanges are also anticipated.

The planning stage will require approximately 2 months, beginning upon project approval and concluding by August 2015. The planning will involve the project overseer initiating contact with each host economy government representatives to obtain initial interest in developing a domestic or regional training and personnel certification programs. This includes identifying the appropriate points of contact that will be engaged throughout the project and which sectors will be targeted (e.g., industry, commercial buildings, municipalities, etc.). The project overseer and host economy government representatives will target equal participation among women and men. The next 3 months (September-November 2015) will involve the host economy government representatives engaging certification bodies, accreditation bodies, experts and practitioners, and private end users to generate interest in supporting the training and personnel certification programs. As part of its role as the , the host economy will work with the EMWG to facilitate participation by the same groups of stakeholders but from neighboring economies to strengthen the regional approach (as described in Question #7). The other economies will also be directly engaged during the planning stage so thatthe EMWG can assess their readiness, along with that of the host economy,for participation at the workshop and gauge their general level of commitment. During that time, the EMWG and the participating economies will select dates and exact locations for the pre-workshop, training workshop, and follow-up meetings.

All participants that were engaged in the planning process will convene for a 3-day pre-workshop planning meeting, to be scheduled between December 2015 and March 2016. The purpose of the meeting is to assess domestic personnel certification infrastructure, gain insight into domestic policies, identify barriers to establishing training and personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 auditors, and ensure that resulting programs promote equal participation among women and men. The pre-workshop will also be used to identify additional stakeholders that need to be engaged at the training workshop. The pre-workshop will also be an opportunity for participating economies to gain a better understanding of the level of effort involved and determine if they will participate in the training workshop. This is intended to minimize risk and secure commitment. Because participating economies will assessing their level of commitment, the project budget does not cover participant airfare for the pre-workshop meeting. 

The three training workshops will occur between June 2016 and September 2016, lasting 3 days each. Using the inputs from the pre-workshop meeting, participants will identify desired domestic or regional outcomes for establishing training and personnel certification programs, propose mechanisms to overcome the barriers identified at the pre-meeting, and determine the steps needed to achieve the desired outcomes. Participants will also identify the roles and responsibilities, action items, and timelines in implementing these workforce programs. Participants will also propose ways to work with the EMWG and potentially APEC EWG EGEE&C and SCSC upon completion of the project to assess project progress against the steps outlined in the regional action plan. This will include identifying points of contact within the host economy best suited to conduct this follow-up. Potential follow-up actions can include surveys of the participating economy representative and periodic webinars with the EMWG to convey progress, address arising issues, and contribute lessons learned. Members of the EWG EGEE&C could provide feedback on the alignment among the domestic programs and opportunities for replication, while the SCSC could provide insight into increasing opportunities for the certified ISO 50001 auditors internationally to increase trade flows in the region.

After the training workshops, follow-up webinars will be conducted between July 2016 and October 2016 to confirm progress on workshop action items, address remaining barriers, confirm action items, and outline steps to ensure long-term sustainability of the project’s benefits.

The final project report to APEC will be developed upon completion of the follow-up webinars and submitted by the end of December 2016.

Risks

Risk 1: Low interest in participation or using results. Solution: The EMWG will organize pre-training workshop meetings with government representatives, accreditation bodies, certification bodies, and various stakeholders from the host and neighboring APEC economy to create stakeholder buy-in into the project objectives and ensure that workshops will be appropriately tailored to the region’s needs and infrastructure. In addition, the pre-workshop meeting is intended to identify and clarify expectations, roles, and desired outcomes for establishing training or personnel certification programs.

Risk 2: Duplication of other APEC fora or other fora outside APEC. Solution: The workshop events in this project build on outcomes from previous APEC work, e.g., workshops to support Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for ISO 50001, which was proposed by the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation in June 2014. In addition, the EMWG and CEM regularly engage other energy efficiency fora that promote ISO 50001. This close coordination minimizes duplication and provides additional outreach channels to share technical resources and best practices.

Risk 3: Difficulty achieving policy change over long-term in target economies. Solution: The regional workshops will emphasize collaboration and enhance coordination among the various actors needed to promote training and workforce. Establishing a dialogue among these actors will allow them to identify issues, address gaps, and seek solutions.

Risk 4: Delays or untimely preparation. Solution: The EMWG will engage the host economy early to define a timeline of key project milestones. Ongoing coordination will be conducted with the host economy to ensure that project milestones are met in a timely manner, ensure that the appropriate contacts are participating, and to address any arising issues that could cause delays.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The progress towards meeting the objectives of this project will be measured through the following indicators:

1) Number of economies that have established regionally harmonized ISO 50001 auditor personnel certification schemes (2-5 economies);

2) Number of certified ISO 50001 auditors resulting from those schemes (5-10 per economy during the first year that certification is offered in that economy); and

3) Number of certified ISO 50001 auditors that are women (2-5 per economy during the first year that certification is offered in that economy). 

The EMWG will collect this information in close coordination with the APEC economies that host or attend the workshops. Indicator #1 will be tracked based on capacity building assessment surveys or interviews with the government representatives. The capacity building assessment survey will allow government representatives to report progress of the training and personnel certification programs and track the number of training organizations and personnel certification bodies that adopt the ISO 50001 auditor certification scheme. 

The EMWG will have relationships with all personnel certification bodies that adopt ISO 50001 auditor personnel certification schemes, and will request them to track Indicators #2 and #3, the number of ISO 50001 auditors that become certified, and how many of those are women. This information will be collected via capacity building assessment surveys that are submitted to the EMWG at regular intervals.

Linkages

This project aims to build member capacity to establish new personnel certification programs for ISO 50001 auditors in APEC economies. These programs are necessary to build the auditor capacity necessary to conduct technically robust and consistent conformity assessments of ISO 50001. The project builds on the success of two other APEC SCSC projects which provided key stakeholders with the foundational knowledge necessary to prepare for the establishment of personnel certification schemes. These APEC projects are: 1) CTI 34 2010T Conference on Implementation of Energy Management Standardization; and 2) CTI 25 2013A  Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) Readiness Project in Energy Management System, ISO 50001 .

In addition, this APEC project will promote cross fora collaboration with CEM and IPEEC through their Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) and its efforts to design common personnel certification schemes to support greater global consistency in ISO 50001 outcomes. APEC members participating in this EMWG work (US, Canada and Mexico) will also lead this proposed APEC project; with participation of non-APEC members (such as South Africa, India, Italy). These economies will work to ensure a close link between EMWG work and this project. This project also supports efforts to build a regional Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for ISO 50001. The MLA was proposed by the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation in June 2014.

APEC funding is sought due to its strong track record on international energy efficiency and promotion of ISO 50001. The workshop designs and resulting regional action plans will draw from experts from APEC member economies and contribute toward harmonized regional approaches. The EMWG has a proven track record for engaging foreign ministers and driving implementation of ISO 50001 domestic programs and will be well suited for helping APEC economies establish supportive workforce programs.

Sustainability

This project provides a pathway for APEC economies to strengthen workforce capacity and establish robust training and personnel certification programs for conducting ISO 50001 conformity assessments. This will help APEC economies realize the potential for ISO 50001 to meet domestic energy and climate goals. Emphasis on creating or refining domestic/regional workforce programs that are consistent with international best practices on ISO 50001 conformity assessments will ensure that ISO 50001 auditors qualified to the highest international standards. Personnel certification programs that are consistent with international best practices will facilitate equivalence and potentially mutual recognition across countries that adopt similar certification schemes. As a result, users of ISO 50001 can have confidence that ISO 50001 auditors are qualified to the same high standards.

This project brings together participants from varied audiences: governments, accreditation bodies, certification bodies, experts and practitioners, and end users. These audiences work together throughout the project duration to harmonize objectives and ensure that the domestic or regional approach takes each audience’s needs into consideration. Together, participants identify barriers to collaboration and how the participants will seek solutions to overcome the barriers. We will document and circulate the outcomes of all planning meetings and workshop events, which will include action items, roles and responsibilities, barriers, and proposed solutions to the barriers. As the project progresses, the number of barriers is expected to decrease due to implementation of the proposed solutions.

Through the workshop planning and implementation process, the EMWG seeks to strengthen existing or establish long-term partnerships with the host and additional participating economies. The EMWG proposes long-term partnerships to help secure commitment to carry project objectives forward upon completion of the project. The EMWG intends to engage participating APEC economies beyond the duration of this project and efforts will be self-funded. Many of the proposed workshop locations include current EMWG economies: where ongoing dialogue is already occurring and post-project implementation communication would continue (Mexico, Chile, and Indonesia are EMWG participants and China is an observer). Hosts will be encouraged to invite neighboring APEC economies to participate in the project and to continue collaboration with the EMWG after the project is finished. New partnerships resulting from this project would also be encouraged to participate in the EMWG as a member or observing economy.

In addition, this project will foster replicability of results. The final report of the project will be posted on the EMWG website, providing outcomes and approaches identified at each of the workshops. Any reported post-implementation updates and successes will be included as updates to the EMWG website. Website maintenance and updates are self-funded.

Project Overseers

Ms. Samantha Gross of the U.S. Department of Energy, will be the project overseer. She is the Director of the International Climate Policy and Technology office in the office of international affairs. She is the supervisor for the work of the Energy Management Working Group of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

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Not Applicable.

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