ESAP, in collaboration with Innovate Energy, successfully achieved the ISO 50001 Energy Management System Standard Certification on August 13th, 2020. PSPC is the first Public Sector organization in North-America to achieve this
certification, and also the first to have the audit conducted via conference calls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ISO 50001 integrates energy efficiency into management practices and enables organizations to establish the
systems and processes necessary to continually improve energy performance, promote an energy performance
improvement culture and make better use of existing energy-consuming assets and processes. ISO 50001 also helps
organizations evaluate and prioritize the implementation of new energy-efficient technologies. In the context of
ESAP, the standard is an invaluable tool for continuous energy performance improvement and commensurate
reductions in GHG emissions for 35 years, facilitating achievement of GC environmental commitments and
Canada was the first country in the world to adopt the international ISO 50001 standard in 2011.
ESAP is committed to meeting the long-term heating and cooling requirements of PSPC’s portfolio of buildings
connected to the district energy systems in the national capital area. ESAP is also committed to aligning with
the Government of Canada greening of government operations and reduce emissions by 40% before 2030. ESAP is
dedicated to the continual improvement of the energy performance using an energy management system compliant
with ISO 50001 to meet the long-term heating and cooling requirements of PSPC’s district energy systems.
Key Facts on ISO 50001
The ISO 50001 was developed for organizations committed to addressing their impact, conserving resources and
improving the bottom line through efficient energy management.
Designed to support organizations in all sectors, this ISO standard provides a practical way to improve energy
use, through the development of an energy management system (EnMS).
ISO 50001 is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act management system model of continual improvement also used for other
well-known standards. This makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall
efforts to improve quality and environmental management.
ISO 50001 provides a framework of requirements for organizations to:
Develop a policy for more efficient use of energy
Fix targets and objectives to meet the policy
Use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use
Measure the results
Review how well the policy works
Continually improve energy management
Through ISO’s members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based,
market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global
ESAP recently awarded a 35 year contract for the conversion and operation of the District Energy Systems (DESs)
to Innovate Energy. Under the new contract, Innovate Energy is contractually committed to continued compliance
with ISO 50001 over the next 35 years.
ESAP and Innovate Energy will review energy performance with operation personnel on a weekly and monthly basis
and review the effectiveness of the energy management system in annual Internal Audits and ISO 50001
re-certification audits every three years.
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