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GSEP Energy Management System Pilot Project Improves Company’s Energy Performance by 15%

19 November 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial has reported on the results of a pilot project of its Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) on the implementation of energy management systems, which resulted in a 15.2 percent energy performance improvement in the participating facility.

The two-year pilot project, which was performed at 3M Canada's Brockville, Ontario, manufacturing facility, aimed at improving understanding of the implementation of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) voluntary energy management standard (ISO  50001). The standard has been adopted as Canada's national energy management standard and companies receive training, information and financial assistance in support of the early adoption of ISO 50001. Andrew Hejnar, Energy Manager at the Brockville, Ontario, facility, mentioned that increasing energy costs and 3M Canada's competitive position were the main reasons for engaging in the project. He also noted that "Implementing ISO 50001 has provided results directly to the bottom line by driving down our energy costs."

Two other pilot projects in Canada are still running, as well as several others in the US and the Republic of Korea. The GSEP focuses on reducing global energy use in industry and buildings by stimulating energy efficiency improvements through energy management. [CEM Press Release]