To be certified under Superior Energy Performance™ (SEP), a facility must conform to the ISO 50001 energy management standard and additional process and performance requirements that have been codified under the ANSI/MSE 50021 standard. These achievements must be audited by an ANSI-ANAB Accredited SEP Verification Body.
The ISO 50001 establishes an international framework for individual facilities or entire companies to manage energy, including all aspects of procurement and use. To qualify for SEP, a facility needs to demonstrate conformance with ISO 50001 while meeting additional requirements to achieve and document energy performance improvements. Read more about ISO 50001 and the development of the standard.
ANSI/MSE 50021 is an American National Standard that specifies the requirements of SEP certification beyond those of the ISO 50001 energy management standard. The standard specifies additional requirements for the energy management system and specifies performance criteria. You may purchase the standard from the ANSI Webstore.
The standard’s normative references may be downloaded at no cost:
The Superior Energy Performance Certification Protocol describes the purpose of the SEP program and defines the steps required for participation—from initial application through certification by an ANSI-ANAB accredited Verification Body.
The Superior Energy Performance M&V Protocol for Industry defines a methodology to 1) verify the results and impact of a facility’s implementation of ISO 50001; 2) quantify energy savings from specific measures or projects; and 3) document energy performance normalized to production and other relevant variables.
Industrial facilities seeking to use the Mature Energy Pathway to qualify for SEP certification will use the SEP Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard to assess the maturity of the facility’s energy management system. This scorecard describes credits that can be earned by implementing energy management system activities, processes or procedures that are “above and beyond” the requirements of ISO 50001. Facilities can accumulate credits to qualify them to certify at the silver, gold, or platinum levels.
The quality of the verification process is central to the integrity of SEP certification. Accreditation of SEP Verification Bodies ensures that the audit team is an independent third party and that is competent to carry out the verification. ANSI-ANAB assesses and accredits verification bodies that conform to the ANSI/MSE 50028 standard. This American National Standard specifies the principles and requirements that SEP Verification Bodies must meet in order to carry out accredited verification of energy performance and energy management systems. ANSI/MSE 50028 can be purchased from the ANSI Webstore. Read more about verification.
SEP uses the ISO 50001 definition of energy performance: “measurable results related to energy efficiency, use, and consumption.”