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ISO 50001 is based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) continual improvement framework and incorporates energy management into everyday practices. Natural Resources Canada offers a number of tools and services to help no matter where you are in the PDCA cycle.

The Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle as a management system for energy

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The managerial and technical aspects of this cycle are described as follows:


Plan: Policy goals/targets; Resources
Do: Training; Communication; Control equipment systems & processes
Check: Corrective/preventive action; Internal audits
Act: Management review


Plan: Energy data management; Assessments
Do: Energy purchasing; Design; Projects; Verification
Check: Monitoring; Measurement
Act: System performance