The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) and its associated partners have developed two benchmarking programs for Canada's industrial sectors:

Similar industrial companies may compare their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and best practices using standard indicators for their industrial sector.

Energy Performance Benchmarking

Energy performance benchmarking focuses on a comparative analysis of energy use per unit of physical production, otherwise known as energy intensity.

Typically, the steps involved in energy performance benchmarking are:

  1. Determine your plant's energy intensity by fuel type. Our energy use calculator will make the job easier.
  2. Compare your energy intensity with that of your industrial sector by referring to the appropriate benchmarking guide. You may also want to refer to the sector energy data available through the Canadian Industrial Energy Efficiency Data and Analysis Centre (CIEEDAC), at Simon Fraser University and supported by Natural Resources Canada.
  3. Access the technical information available that will help you improve your facility's energy performance.
  4. Select your CIPEC sector task force to obtain additional information specific to your sector.

Energy Best Practices Benchmarking

Best practices benchmarking involves comparing operations and systems within your facility to best-in-class operations.

Generally, the steps involved in energy best practices benchmarking include:

  1. Identify the areas for improvement that will benefit most from the benchmarking study.
  2. Research and identify the key factors and variables you will use to measure the above.
  3. Determine if the data is already available or how it will be obtained.
  4. Analyze the data and identify the best practice/performance by selecting the best-in-class category (e.g., companies that perform each function at the lowest cost, with the highest energy efficiency).
  5. Determine the conditions under which the best practices can be achieved and specify the action(s) that must be taken to achieve the desired results.
  6. Implementation:
    • Set specific improvement targets and deadlines.
    • Develop a continuous process to monitor, review and update the data and analyze it over time. This will provide a basis for the monitoring, revision and recalibration of the measurements for future benchmarking studies.