ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

Natural Resources Canada recognizes Canadian facilities that achieve energy intensity reductions with the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry program. Take the Challenge to reduce your facility’s energy intensity by 10 percent within five years.

What are the benefits?

Participate in the Challenge to:

  • see direct savings resulting from increasing energy efficiency
  • increase energy management visibility
  • engage all business divisions (not only the energy-intensive ones)
  • build an energy management culture in your organization
  • demonstrate leadership
  • be recognized (if you meet the eligibility criteria)

Is my facility eligible?

To be eligible for recognition, a facility must:

  1. register as a Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leader
  2. have at least 50 percent of its energy use in manufacturing or research and development
  3. establish and maintain a file with all relevant energy data from your facility
  4. submit proof that your facility achieved a 10 percent reduction in energy intensity within a five-year period using our Statement of Energy Improvement template

How do I apply?

  1. Contact us at ENERGY STAR for Industry in Canada to request application instructions. You will receive a registration form and the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Participant Handbook.
  2. Complete and submit the registration form to us.
  3. Once you have submitted the form, you have up to five years to meet your energy intensity reduction goal. If you meet it sooner, let us know by sending us an email. A one-year period of energy intensity reduction is required. There is no penalty for not achieving the goal in the five-year period but you will need to register again to restart your participation in the Challenge.
  4. To apply for recognition, a facility needs a year’s worth of energy intensity data to compare to the baseline. When you have this data, send us the following completed documents:
    • Recognition Application form
    • Statement of Energy Improvement, which reports the data
    • P. Eng. Verification Checklist

How long will it take to process my application?

Processing times apply only to properly completed applications submitted by email.

Our standard is to process applications within 30 business days.

There are currently no delays in processing applications.

What else can I do?

Earn ENERGY STAR for Industry certification.


The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.