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ecoENERGY Efficiency Program:

Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry program aids the adoption of an energy management standard and accelerates energy-saving investments and the exchange of best-practices information within Canada’s industrial sector.

The ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry program, through its partnership with NRCan’s Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation, is providing cost-shared assistance to industrial companies to implement the CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard:

ISO 50001 provides organizations with a structured framework to manage energy to increase its efficiency and performance while reducing costs. ISO 50001 is based on the common elements found in all of ISO's management systems standards, assuring a high level of compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). It integrates energy efficiency into management practices by making better use of existing energy-consuming processes. The standard has been available on the ISO website since June 15, 2011, and has been adopted as a Canadian national standard.

Like other ISO standards, ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. It integrates both the technical and managerial activities. The standard is intended to accomplish the following:

• Assist organizations in making better use of their existing energy-consuming assets;
• Create transparency and facilitate communication on the management of energy resources and promotion of energy efficiency throughout the supply chain;
• Lead to reductions in energy cost, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental impacts. Industries that have implemented and maintained an EnMS typically save 10–20 percent of energy within the first five years;
• Promote energy management best practices and reinforce good energy management behaviours;
• Assist facilities in evaluating and prioritizing the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies;
• Allow integration with other organizational management systems such as environmental, and health and safety; and,
• Be compatible with other performance improvement approaches.

Superior Energy Performance Program:

To encourage industrial facilities to achieve greater energy performance improvements, Superior Energy Performance offers silver, gold and platinum designations to Certified Partner applicants based on the level of energy performance improvement attained. The Superior Energy Performance Industrial Facility Best Practice Scorecard assesses the maturity of a facility’s energy management system and recognizes energy management system activities, processes or procedures that are “above and beyond” ISO 50001 requirements.

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