Certify and Get Recognized

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To streamline and better align with ISO 50001:2018, DOE is updating the Superior Energy Performance program. This website provides a preview of the forthcoming 2019 version of the renamed program, SEP 50001. Details will be updated on this website at the time of launch. Learn about the forthcoming program update and name change. View the website for the current SEP program

Facilities and organizations that achieve sustained excellence in their use of energy management systems (EnMS) may earn certification to the Superior Energy Performance 50001 (SEP 50001) program and gain elevated DOE recognition using the SEP 50001 Scorecard.

The latest and greatest version of SEP 50001, once launched, will be the 2019 version, and this site provides details for this program version. Find out more about the Program Update and Name Change and how to transition to the 2019 version if your certified to an earlier version (coming soon).

How to Participate in SEP 50001 (2019)

Achieving certification and recognition involves four key steps:

1

Implement an Energy Management System using ISO 50001
Establish an ISO 50001-compliant EnMS and improve your energy performance.

2

Apply
Once you’ve established your EnMS and are ready for the audit, submit an application (coming soon) to the Program Administrator. Choose a Verification Body to conduct the audit.

3 Certify
The SEP 50001 Program Administrator sends your approved application to your chosen Verification Body. You’ll work with the Verification Body to schedule and complete the audit.
4

Get Recognized
The Verification Body will issue the certificate and DOE will recognize your achievement. Certification is valid for three years; remember to apply for recertification!

Entities that exceed certification requirements can qualify for Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

 

Business Case

Join the ranks of other leading organizations, see the list of certified facilities. An ISO 50001 energy management system produces energy savings that directly impact the bottom line and endure over time. View the business case or scan case studies for an inside view into implementation and cost savings.

Informational Materials

Considering SEP 50001? Use these materials to inform, educate, and engage your colleagues:

  • Fact Sheet: Quick overview of the program
  • Overview (Coming soon): Presentation of ISO 50001, SEP 50001, certified facilities, tools, resources, and results
  • See all informational materials

Program Documents

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Below are the SEP 50001 (2019) program documents for:  

  • Certification
  • Recognition for Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels
  • Use by Verification Bodies only

These program documents are free to download, unless noted otherwise.

Already certified to SEP 2017 or SEP 2012? Learn more about the SEP 50001 program update and name change and find out more about how to transition (coming soon).

Certification:

This website provides a preview of the forthcoming 2019 version of the renamed program, SEP 50001. Details and program documents will be updated on this website at the time of launch. View the website for the current SEP program

ISO 50001
Specifies the requirements for an energy management system. Available for purchase. 

Use the optional transition guide for a summary of each change between 2011 and 2018 and recommended actions. 

MSE 50028-1:2019 (coming soon, once program launches)
Specifies the SEP 50001 program requirements beyond those of ISO 50001. Available for purchase.

Application for SEP 50001 (2019) (coming soon, once program launches)
Provides facility information to the Administrator and verification body, submit to the Administrator when ready to undergo the audit.

Certification Protocol (2019) - DRAFT
Describes to energy performance improvements requirements timeframes, and the process for becoming certified to the SEP 50001 program.

Measurement and Verification Protocol (2019) - DRAFT
Sets forth a verifiable methodology to determine energy performance improvement.

Use the optional guidance document and check out the Energy Performance Indicator (EnPI) tool.

Register of Implemented Energy Performance Improvement Actions
Provides one place to summarize key details for improvement actions to provide the required documentation for the bottom-up comparison of energy performance improvement.

Voluntary Cost/Benefit Form (2019)
Provides information to help build the business case for SEP 50001. DOE maintains the confidentiality of proprietary energy and production related data.

Documents Interpretations
Provides up-to-date interpretations of the intent of language in the SEP 50001 program documents.

Recognition for Silver, Gold, and Platinum:

Scorecard and Declaration (2019) - DRAFT
Defines credits and points needed to earn a higher level of DOE recognition: Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Use the Scorecard Declaration (Excel) (coming soon, once program launches) to easily calculate points earned, submit this for recognition.

For Verification Bodies Only:

MSE 50028-2:2019 (coming soon, once program launches)
Specifies the principles and requirements for SEP 50001 Verification Bodies. Available for purchase.

Energy Performance Improvement Report 2019
Sent to Administrator to provide basic certification details for DOE recognition.

FAQs

SEP 50001 FAQs

Check out responses to several key FAQs for SEP 50001 (2019) or see the complete list of FAQs (coming soon).

How does my organization or facility qualify for SEP 50001 certification?

See How to Participate for details on certification.

How does my organization or facility qualify for Silver, Gold, or Platinum?

An organization certified to SEP 50001 may use the SEP 50001 Scorecard to earn a higher recognition level. Read more about how to qualify for Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Can organizations use multi-site auditing and sampling with the SEP 50001 program?

Yes. SEP 50001 offers multiple-site certification with sampling for both the EnMS and energy performance improvement. Also, multiple sites within close geographic proximity can be certified as a single site. See the Certification Protocol for details.

I am already certified to SEP 2017 or SEP 2012, what should I do?

DOE revised SEP 50001 to reduce costs and facilitate implementation across sectors. Learn more about the SEP 50001 program update and name change and find out more about how to transition (coming soon). View DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office’s SEP 50001 webinar (and transcript) (coming soon) for more details.

My facility is already ISO 50001 certified – can I add SEP 50001?

Yes.  A facility may add SEP 50001 certification to an existing ISO 50001 certification via a scope extension, typically done during a recertification audit. The separate SEP 50001 audit will need to confirm that an ISO 50001 certificate is in place. See the Certification Protocol, Annex B for details.