Led by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States, as well as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the campaign aims by 2020 to drive action for 50,001 global certifications to international standard for best practice energy management, ISO 50001.
First published in 2011, ISO 50001 was developed drawing on best practices from over 50 countries. Early adopters have already shown evidence of the benefits that can be gained from adopting the standard, frequently achieving energy performance improvements of 10 percent or more, often through low or no-cost changes to operations.
Analysis completed to support the campaign suggests that broad implementation of ISO 50001 across the commercial and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030. This would save over $600 billion in energy costs and avoid 6,500 million tonnes of carbon emissions. The projected annual emissions savings in 2030 are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.