About World Standards Day

On October 12th, the 43rd global World Standards Day celebrations were held in Ottawa. Recognized by members of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) who, together, form the World Standards Cooperation (WSC), World Standards Day celebrates the experts who develop voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards around the world.

Celebrating World Standards Day in the national capital

This year, the theme of World Standards Day in Ottawa was “Less waste, better results” with a focus on energy efficiency standardization. A release by the Standards Council of Canada suggests that three clear messages emerged from the event:

  • Efficiency standards play a vital role in Canada’s economy and in reducing Canada’s environmental impact
  • Standards help drive innovation and new technology within the energy efficiency sector
  • National standard need to catch up with Canadian innovation through the harmonization of international standards

To sum up the relationship between international standards and the growth of the Canadian economy, industry Canada’s Deputy Minister, John Knubley is quoted as saying “Standards are an essential component of economic analysis, innovation and productivity growth.”

Supporting energy efficiency in Canadian industry

Despite calls for improvement, Canada has already made great steps towards harmonizing various standards, according to Carol Buckley, Director General of the Office of Energy Efficiency at NRCan. Buckley reveals that Canada was the first of some 26 countries to adopt the new Energy Management Systems Accreditation Program (ISO 50001), an international standard designed to facilitate the implementation of energy-efficiency initiatives (read more about the ISO 50001 in Canada here). Small-industrial businesses in Canada interested in implementing the standard can seek cost-shared financial assistance; and some already have including Ontario Power Authority, 3M Canada and NRCan’s own laboratories (read about 3M and the ISO 50001).

Other noteworthy topics discussed at WSD celebrations in Ottawa include how: standards benefit water efficiency; Canadian and international standards dovetail; energy efficiency standards benefit trade; and how international standards are developed. Panelists also discussed energy aspects of high-performance buildings. These buildings can drive as much as 70% of the energy use in most countries, according to Melissa O’Mara, Vice President Education/Government Solutions and High-Performance Green Buildings at Schneider Electric.

Questions about World Standards Day? Visit the SCC website or leave your comment below!

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