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ISO 50001 Series

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March 2, 2022

The first in a series about the ISO 50001 Standard and the collaboration between Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Innovate Energy (IE).

ISO 50001 provides a benchmark standard for organizations committed to minimizing their impact and conserving resources through practical and efficient energy management. ISO 50001 provides organizations with a variety of requirements necessary in developing an energy management system, such as developing policies for efficient energy usage, or using data to forecast the way energy is managed and maintained.

Michael Burke of PSPC is one of the authors of the ISO 50001 Standard. While he was the Director of the Industry Programs Division at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Mike was responsible for helping Canadian industry become more energy efficient. Energy efficiency, and energy monitoring, were an integral part of the mindset of industry at that time and it has become a necessary part of the Canadian industrial landscape. The development of a standard provided Canadian industry with a systematic approach to continuous improvement in energy performance.

Working with a team of Canadian and international experts, including Georgia Tech in the United States, Burke helped develop an energy standard now globally recognized as ISO 50001. The standard was endorsed by the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) and catalyzed new growth within the Canadian industrial sector in the form of continuous energy performance improvement. Through the stewardship of the federal government, ISO 50001 became a globally recognized standard for energy management systems, with the goal of achieving energy performance improvement across Canadian infrastructure projects. The Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP) is the result of the federal government’s mandate to improve energy performance and has achieved ISO 50001 certification. The ESAP heating and cooling plants being operated and maintained by ENGIE Services Canada will soon receive the ISO 50001 certification standard for performance. ENGIE Services Canada continues the strive towards energy performance improvement in an effort to reach carbon neutral energy production with PSPC.