Superior Energy Performance (SEP) is a voluntary certification program that provides industrial facilities with a roadmap for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. The program is based around the standard for Energy Management Systems (EnMS) developed by the International Standardization Organization, ISO 50001, which provides a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices.
Several levels of awards are delivered to companies depending on the energy performance achieved. In order to achieve one of three certification levels: Silver, Gold, or Platinum, all facilities need to conform to the ISO 50001 energy management standard and the forthcoming American MSE 50021 standard, as well as improve energy performance by a certain percentage. A number of pilots (12 as of October 2012) have been conducted since 2010 in preparation for the national launch of the SEP, scheduled for the spring of 2013.
Target Group - Size:
Target Group - Industry Focus:
GHG emission source covered:
To encourage industrial facilities to achieve continual improvement in energy efficiency and provide a transparent, globally accepted system for verifying energy performance improvements and management practices (ISO 50001).
Program Funding Source:
US Department of Energy
U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) (*1)
Total Program Funding:
Energy Management System:
Implementing Entity Type:
M&V requirements on industry:
Adoption of Energy Management System standard ISO 50001 is required. Within this, there are different verification requirement streams that companies can choose:
Partner: self-declaration of ISO 50001 adoption (no verification)
Certified Partner: SEP Lead Auditors and SEP Performance Verifiers serve as third-party auditors to verify that an applicant meets the Superior Energy Performance requirements.
SEP Lead Auditors will assess a manufacturing plant’s management system conformance to ISO 50001 and additional SEP requirements documented in ANSI/MSE 50021.
SEP Performance Verifiers will assess a manufacturing plant’s conformance to the (1) measurement and verification protocols and (2) energy performance improvement levels defined by the SEP program .
Evaluation of Program:
Program flow chart
Program Flow Chart
Impacts and Results
Savings (program total):
Non-energy benefits (co-benefits):
Not yet available (work is currently underway to quantify co-benefits)
Other useful information
(*1) The U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) is a partnership with members from private and public sectors. The U.S. CEEM guides the development of Superior Energy Performancecm. Members include representatives from:
U.S. industrial companies: 3M Company, Alcoa, the Coca-Cola Company, Cummins, Dow Chemical Company, Eastman Chemical, Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, HARBEC, Holcim U.S., HP, Huntsman Chemical, J.R. Simplot Company, LyondellBasell, Nissan North America, Owens Corning, PPG Industries, SSAB, Toyota, Volvo Trucks North America and Weyerhaeuser.
Alliance to Save Energy
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), Save Energy Now program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ENERGY STAR Industry Program
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Texas Industries of the Future (Texas IOF)
(*2) American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board
(*6) Texas pilots and case studies http://www.superiorenergyperformance.net/texas_pilot.html