The City of Guelph became the first municipality in Canada to be certified under the globally recognized ISO 50001:2018 Energy Management Systems Standard for its corporate-wide energy management system.
The ISO 50001 standard ensures that any organization that adopts the standard, whether a municipality, manufacturer, hospital, or university, follows global best practices to manage and improve how the organization uses energy.
Guelph continues to implement energy efficiency measures across more than 100 facilities including arenas, recreation centres and museums, libraries, fire stations, parks, water and wastewater treatment plants, and waste management facilities, and around 900 vehicles including ambulances, fire trucks, transit buses, snowplows, and rink ice resurfacers.
Through implementing an ISO 50001 standard compliant energy management system, the City is:
- Setting clear energy performance objectives and targets for the whole organization that supports climate change mitigation efforts in everyday operations;
- Continuously monitoring and evaluating the organization’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions;
- Using data to understand and make informed decisions to improve energy efficiency; and
- Taking action to improve processes and upgrade equipment to reduce energy use and GHG emission.
“An organization has a robust energy management system that gives it the ability to track how things are going and improve how things are being done,” said Bryan Ho-Yan, manager of corporate energy and climate change for the City of Guelph. “This results in reducing energy consumption and environmental impact and helps save money.”
Other organizations with ISO 50001 certification in Canada include, MacEwan University, Hilton, 3M, Bell Canada and ArcelorMittal Dofasco.