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Revised CAN/CSA ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available

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Revised CAN/CSA ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available

The Canadian Standards Association has recently updated Canada's energy management standard. The new CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard, now the second edition, was released to comply with the latest international revision of ISO 50001.

ISO 50001 is based on a model of continual improvement, which is also used for other standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 commonplace in many industries. Such an approach makes it easier for organizations to integrate energy management into their overall efforts to improve environmental management.

The new CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard allows organizations to develop a policy for more efficient use of energy and as a result, they are able to continually improve energy management. The standard enables companies to set targets and objectives to meet their environmental policy. Moreover, CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 helps energy managers use data to better understand and make decisions about energy use, as well as measure the results and review how well their policy is working.

This second edition of CAN/CSA ISO 50001, entitled 'Energy management systems — Requirements with guidance for use', was adopted directly from the identically titled ISO Standard ISO 50001 (second edition, 2018-08). This newest edition follows the previous edition published in 2011 as CAN/CSA-ISO 50001.

The revised standard was developed in compliance with the Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada and was recently published as a National Standard of Canada by the CSA Group.

The CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 Standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an energy management system (EnMS). This is central in helping organizations follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement in their energy performance and their EnMS.

The document is useful to any organization regardless of its type, size, complexity, location, organizational culture or the products/services it provides. Moreover, it can link to any ongoing or planned initiatives that affect energy performance in the company.

Organizations can use the CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 Standard regardless of the quantity, use, or types of energy consumed, although certification requires demonstration of continual energy performance improvement, but does not define levels of energy performance improvement to be achieved. One of the many other benefits of CAN/CSA ISO 50001 adoption is that it can be used independently, or be integrated with other management systems.

The new, second CAN/CSA ISO 50001 2019 standard can be purchased at the CSA Shop.

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