About Us

Goals of Superior Energy Performance

  • Foster an organizational culture of continuous improvement in energy efficiency
  • Develop a transparent system to validate energy intensity improvements and management practices
  • Create a verified record of energy source fuel savings and carbon emission reductions with potential market value that could be widely recognized both nationally and internationally

U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing

The U.S. Council for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (U.S. CEEM) has been formed to develop and implement the Superior Energy Performance (SEP) initiative.

The U.S. CEEM currently consists of active volunteers from a broad cross-section of energy-intensive industries and other organizations. Prior to the formation of the U.S. CEEM, this group was formerly known as the Superior Energy Performance Steering Committee. Members include representatives from: 3M Company, Dow Chemical Company, Dupont, Eastman Chemical, Ford Motor Company, HP, Frito-Lay, Huntsman Chemical, LyondellBasell, National Institute of Science & Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, Owens Corning, PPG, SSAB, Toyota, U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program (DOE/ITP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR program, and Weyerhaeuser. See the current roster.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is supporting the U.S. CEEM as needed with guidance on the requirements of the standards development and certification process. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is providing oversight for the development of system assessment standards.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GaTech) are providing technical expertise on standards development activities.

The Texas Industries of the Future is conducting a cost-shared Pilot Project on Plant Energy-Efficiency Certification to field test the elements of plant certification in Texas.

Read more about the background of SEP (archived meetings, papers and presentations).

Committee Working Groups

The U.S. CEEM consists of working groups to support the development and implementation of Superior Energy Performance. The U.S. CEEM provides peer review all of the program activities and products.

Certification Strategy
Working Group


  • Texas Pilot Project on Plant Energy Efficiency Certification
  • Developing and refining the business model of certification

Standards Development
Working Group


  • Developing the Energy Management Standards, driven by the Georgia Tech Consensus Board
  • Developing the System Assessment Standards, driven by the ASME Consensus Committee

Organizational Charter Team


  • Pursue options for establishing the U.S. CEEM as a legal entity


Communications & Outreach
Working Group


  • Develop a Quick Start Website to help plants start or accelerate their energy efficiency programs
  • Develop a strategy for bringing energy-saving standards and tools to the market
  • Develop a communications plan for information dissemination and stakeholder involvement