The Canadian government is amending federal regulations to make it easier for households and businesses to adopt energy-efficient products and strategies, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced, during the launch event for Efficiency Canada in Ottawa November 1.
The amendment, which covers 17 categories of products of lighting products, home appliances, and commercial and industrial gear, is expected to save 1.54 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and align the Canadian regulations more closely with the equivalent rules in the United States.
“Energy efficiency is the ultimate win-win,” Morneau said. “It leaves consumers with more money in their pockets, creates jobs in our economy, and boosts GDP across the country, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
“Energy efficiency is often referred to as the first fuel, a recognition of the growing number of benefits associated with being more efficient with our energy usage,” said Efficiency Canada Executive Director Corey Diamond. Across urban and rural communities, “homeowners and businesses are seeing cost savings, provinces are experiencing job and GDP growth, and our environment is seeing a reduction in carbon emissions.”