Energy use is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and the ISO 50001 standard has the potential to significantly reduce energy use across the industrial and commercial building sectors. The ISO 50001 energy management systems (EnMS) standard has a dual focus on the use of a robust EnMS and sustained, data-driven improvements in energy performance. This dual focus requires skills in both business management systems and the technical aspects of energy performance—a skill set that can be hard to find in today’s marketplace.

Governments around the world recognize the pivotal role of energy in addressing economic, social, environmental, and security issues. The industrial and commercial buildings sectors jointly account for about 60% of global energy end use.  Countries participating with Energy Professionals International (EPI) are leveraging their resources and taking collective action to strengthen national and international efforts to make it easier for these sectors to adopt energy management systems around the globe. In the process, member countries also enhance their domestic capacities to effectively accelerate adoption of energy management systems—helping to meet national energy, economic, and sustainability goals.

In response to this need, six countries and UNIDO have worked  to create the EPI, and help  define the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively audit organizations seeking certification to ISO 50001.  The result is the consensus-based Energy Professionals International (EPI) Certification Scheme and International Exam, which are foundational resources for countries to use to increase the technical reliability in ISO 50001 audits, increase the impact of ISO 50001, and demonstrate the value of EnMS in industrial, commercial, and public sector organizations.