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.
|Organizations||Facilities||Dates of certification|
|3M Canada Company||Brockville (Plant 501), Ontario||14-06-2012|
|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|
|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|
|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
- Case studies and videos on the ISO 50001 standard
- Clean Energy Ministerial Energy Management Working Group
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.
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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
- Dollars to Sense Energy Management Workshops. These training workshops are offered under licence by the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET). For information on booking a workshop, contact CIET by phone at 1-800 461-7618 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Energy Savings Toolbox audit manual and tool
- Energy management information systems
- Employee Awareness Program Toolkit
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.
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