Like many organizations, Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has been making great strides in managing energy performance through various plans and initiatives over recent years.  Always looking for ways to continually improve, TRU became interested in exploring ISO 50001 (Energy Management Systems).  ISO 50001 is an internationally recognized standard that provides a framework for implementing a robust and comprehensive strategic energy management (SEM) system or program.

TRU approached Prism to help explore ISO 50001 and determine what level of effort would be required to become self-compliant in the standard.  With funding support from Natural Resources Canada and program support from BC Hydro, TRU engaged Prism to help from start to finish.  To begin, Prism conducted an interactive gap analysis to determine what SEM program components were currently in place, and what gaps would need to be filled in order to comply with the standard.  The gap analysis gave insights into the work to be completed, and a list of priority areas to focus on first.  Prism is now in the early stages of supporting TRU to close these gaps and work towards full implementation of ISO 50001 by 2024.

By pursuing the ISO 50001 standard, TRU intends to make energy management an integral part of what the organization lives and breathes, including with staff, students, and faculty, all while supporting TRUs climate action goals.

Natalie Yao, TRU’s long-standing Energy Specialist has this to say about the whole process. “Prism’s experience with ISO 50001 and strategic energy management in general have made this process both engaging and a great learning experience for our team. The support offered by the Prism team provides us the confidence that we can reach our sustainability goals.”

For more information on ISO 50001 and to learn how pursuing the standard might benefit your organization, check out our webpage here or contact our ISO 50001 Service Lead, Sam Thomas, at sam@prismengineering.com