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CSA revises energy management standard


June 27, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders
CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019, Energy management systems: Requirements with guidance for useImage courtesy CSA Group.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has updated its national energy management standard with a second edition, so as to comply with the latest revision of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) standard 50001.

The second edition of ISO 50001, published in 2018, is based on a model of continual improvement, as used for other standards in many industries. This approach makes it easier for many organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts.

The new Canadian standard—CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019, Energy management systems: Requirements with guidance for use—allows organizations to set targets and develop a policy for more efficient use of energy and, as a result, continually improve energy management. The standard also helps energy managers use data to better understand decisions about consumption, measure results and review their policy.

Developed in compliance with the Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC’s) national requirements, the revised standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS). The document is intended for all organizations, regardless of their type, size, complexity, location, organizational culture, products or services, and can be linked to any ongoing or planned initiatives that will affect energy performance. It can also be integrated with other management systems.

The standard can be used regardless of the quantity, use or types of energy consumed. Certification requires a demonstration of continual energy performance improvement, but does not define the levels of improvement to be achieved.

The new standard can be purchased from the CSA Shop.