ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard

ISO 50001 gives organizations a structured framework to manage energy so they can improve their energy performance, and reduce costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It integrates energy efficiency into management practices to increase awareness of energy use, reinforce good energy management behaviours and make better use of existing energy-consuming assets and processes. It also helps organizations to evaluate and prioritize the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies.

Impact of ISO 50001 in Canadian Industry

Canadian industrial facilities that have implemented ISO 50001 have achieved an average 11.7 percent cumulative energy intensity improvement.Footnote 1 This is consistent with data the U.S. Department of Energy has reported in case studies showing that ISO 50001 can improve energy performance by 10 percent or more within the first 18 months, with most of the improvement coming from low- or no-cost operational improvements.

The ISO 50001 standard has elements in common with all ISO management systems standards. That makes it compatible with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). The standard is also compatible with other performance improvement approaches and energy management systems (Superior Energy Performance, Lean, Theory of Constraints, Six Sigma, 5S, etc.).

The published ISO 50001 standard requires an organization to

  • conduct an energy review (analyze energy data, identify areas of significant energy use and identify areas for energy performance improvement)
  • establish an energy baseline
  • establish energy objectives and targets that are measurable and have timelines for achievement
  • establish an action plan to achieve energy objectives and targets
  • implement the action plan
  • check performance
  • monitor, document and report all the above

To get the complete version of the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard, visit the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) website.

See which facilities in Canada are ISO 50001 certified.

Alphabetical list of ISO 50001 certified facilities
Organizations Facilities Dates of certification
3M Canada Company Brockville (Plant 501), Ontario 14-06-2012
London, Ontario 27-06-2014
Montreal, Quebec 22-07-2016
Morden, Manitoba 22-07-2016
Perth (Plant 301), Ontario 13-07-2015
Perth (Plant 302), Ontario 13-07-2015
Alectra Inc. Hamilton (55 John Street N), Ontario 24-01-2017
Hamilton (450 Nebo Road), Ontario 24-01-2017
St. Catharines, Ontario 24-01-2017
Stoney Creek, Ontario 24-01-2017
Broan-Nutone Canada Inc. Mississauga, Ontario 20-12-2012
CNH Industrial America LLC Saskatoon (1000-71st Street E), Saskatchewan 13-02-2015
Saskatoon (3927 Wanuskewin Road), Saskatchewan 13-02-2015
Catalyst Paper Crofton, Bristish Columbia 07-01-2015
CpK Interior Products Inc. Port Hope, Ontario 26-11-2014
FCA Canada Inc. Brampton, Ontario 18-12-2013
Etobicoke, Ontario 04-12-2014
Windsor, Ontario 01-08-2014
Ferrero Canada Ltd. Brantford, Ontario 26-07-2016
Global Wood Concepts Ltd. Toronto, Ontario 06-09-2016
IBM Canada Ltd. Barrie, Ontario 26-06-2015
Bromont (C2MI), Quebec 10-10-2013
Bromont (Plant), Quebec 10-10-2013
Markham (100 Gough Road), Ontario 26-06-2015
Markham (3500 Steeles Ave.), Ontario 26-06-2015
Markham (3600 Steeles Ave.), Ontario 26-06-2015
Markham (8200 Warden Ave.), Ontario 26-06-2015
Montreal, Quebec 26-06-2015
Ottawa, Ontario 26-06-2015
Regina, Saskatchewan 26-06-2015
Toronto, Ontario 26-06-2015
Lincoln Electric Company of Canada LP Toronto, Ontario 24-04-2013
New Gold Inc. Kamloops, British Columbia 31-03-2014
Schneider Electric Canada Inc. Saanichton, British Columbia 26-11-2014
St. Marys Cement Inc. (Canada) Bowmanville, Ontario 05-03-2012
Veriform Inc. Cambridge, Ontario 02-05-2013
Last update: November 8, 2017

For more information or to add a facility to the list, send an email to Natural Resources Canada.

Find out more about ISO 50001

Tools and resources to support implementation of energy management systems

ISO 50001 uses Plan-Do-Check-Act

ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) continual improvement framework. PDCA incorporates energy management into an organization’s everyday practices.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle as a management system for energy
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The managerial and technical aspects of this cycle are described as follows:


Plan: Policy goals/targets; Resources
Do: Training; Communication; Control equipment systems & processes
Check: Corrective/preventive action; Internal audits
Act: Management review


Plan: Energy data management; Assessments
Do: Energy purchasing; Design; Projects; Verification
Check: Monitoring; Measurement
Act: System performance


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The Plan phase may include

  • assembling your team and adopting an employee awareness plan
  • writing an implementation plan
  • benchmarking your organization’s energy management data for future reference
Tools that will help

The Do phase may include

  • training your employees in how to monitor energy use and spot energy saving opportunities
  • communicating with employees clearly and frequently to ensure your program remains sustainable
  • making energy visible at various levels of your organization by using posters, presentations and checklists, and producing fact sheets
  • paying close attention to your energy audit
Tools that will help

The Check phase may include

  • carrying our corrective and preventive actions
  • doing internal audits
  • undertaking careful measuring and monitoring
Tools that will help

The Act phase may include

  • taking action on your system’s performance based on information you have gathered
  • taking action to review your management approach based on information you have gathered
Tools that will help

Find a registrar and get ISO 50001 certified

If your organization is considering a CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 implementation and your ISO registrar is not accredited to certify organizations in their implementation of the international standard, ISO 50001 – Energy Management Systems, the Standards Council of Canada offers a program to upgrade their accreditation.

ISO 50001 Global Leadership

The Clean Energy Ministerial Energy Management Leadership Awards is an annual global leadership and case study awards program that recognizes those who are transforming their organizations with ISO 50001. Their energy management achievements include finding ways to save energy, reduce costs, and share experiences to inspire others to implement the standard. In June 2017, top winners were honored at the eighth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8) in Beijing, China.Visit the Energy Management Leadership Awards website.

CIPEC Leaders recognized at the Clean Energy Ministerial

CIPEC congratulates all winners and entrants, and recognizes the following achievements by CIPEC Leader companies at CEM7 in 2016:

  • New Gold Inc. – New Afton Mine, was one of three winners of the global CEM Award of Excellence in Energy Management. The award brings high-profile government recognition and media attention.
  • New Gold and 3M Company submitted the two top-scoring entries with Canadian facilities.
  • 3M, Catalyst Paper and Schneider Electric each received an Energy Management Insight award. This recognizes their qualifying entries for helping to build insight on the benefits of energy management systems.