Minister Carr Announces Proposed Changes to Energy Efficiency Regulations to Help Address Climate Change

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April 30, 2016   Ottawa   Natural Resources Canada

The Government of Canada is taking tangible steps to protect the environment and improve energy efficiency in Canada by undertaking important updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations.

On April 30th the Government of Canada will publish proposed updates to the Energy Efficiency Regulations in Canada Gazette Part I that increase minimum energy performance standards for 20 products.

These updates help align Canada’s energy efficiency standards with the United States by 2020, as agreed upon by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in the Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership recently signed in Washington, DC. They are also an important part of Canada’s national approach to address climate change and are in keeping with the commitment in the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change to advance the harmonization of energy efficiency standards across Canada.

The Government will also publish a Notice of Intent outlining plans to update minimum energy performance standards for another 15 products. Consultations with provincial and territorial governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, the public and other stakeholders will be initiated through the release of product specific technical bulletins. Input received during these informal consultations will be considered as the regulations are drafted.

These two publications are part of a series of updates to our Energy Efficiency Regulations expected over the next five years that will improve energy efficiency across Canada. They will provide Canadians consumers and businesses with better access to energy efficient products, saving them money while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Engaging the public is an essential part of this plan and that is why the Government of Canada recently launched a new interactive website to allow Canadians to share their ideas and be part of a national conversation on climate change. The Government of Canada is committed to engaging Canadians on the decisions that affect them.


“These proposed updates will reduce GHG emissions across Canada and help consumers and businesses save money.”

Jim Carr
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

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