Industrial Energy Efficiency

Last updated on July 19, 2018

The B.C. government is committed to advancing the efficiency of energy use in B.C.'s industrial sector. Through improved energy efficiency, B.C. industry can lower operating costs, reduce emissions and increase business competitiveness. 

Energy Management

Facilitating a system-wide, continuous improvement approach to energy management is a key area of focus for the Ministry.

In June 2011, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) adopted this standard and published a Canadian version, entitled CAN/CSA-ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems.

ISO 50001 provides a voluntary framework and guidance materials to facilitate the systematic and continuous improvement of total energy management. It has been reported that industries can save between 10% and 20% of their annual energy use within the first five years of implementing an energy management standard.

Energy Management Resources

The following assistance for energy management is available to industry in British Columbia:

Product Standards

B.C.'s Energy Efficiency Act sets energy performance standards for devices that use, control or affect the use of energy. On January 1, 2011, B.C. introduced an energy efficiency standard for general purpose electric motors (1 to 500hp) that impacts the industrial sector. The regulation is harmonized with the Natural Resources Canada energy efficiency standard for electric motors that came into force on April 12, 2012.

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