In Canada, the Ministry of Natural Resources has announced improvements to the country’s energy efficiency regulations.
The approval and enactment of Amendment 14 is expected to increase consumer adoption of innovative energy efficient products and increase consumer efficiency savings.
For instance, the law will help reduce carbon emissions by 1.54 megatonnes by 2030, increase the country’s clean energy portfolio, drive economic growth and reduce operational costs for utility companies.
The amendment is expected to create 118,000 clean energy jobs, boost GDP by $356 billion over the next 12 years and save consumers a total of $114 on average per annum.
The new law aligns the country’s efficiency regulations on products such as furnace fans and commercial refrigeration with that of the US, the country’s largest trading partner.
Following the announcement, the ministry unveiled Efficiency Canada, a new energy efficiency advocacy group.
The group aims to make Canada an energy efficiency leader and is expected to come up with a roadmap to help the region meet the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change targets.