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Energy Efficiency Regulations and Standards for Industry

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations

Standards and related premium performance levels

Energy savings through regulation – Industrial Sector

Even small efficiency improvements can provide substantial electricity savings for your company. Through Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan's) Office of Energy Efficiency, certain industrial energy-using products are regulated to ensure minimum energy performance levels. Canada's Energy Efficiency Act and Regulations eliminate the least-energy-efficient products from the Canadian market. NRCan also supports industry in their purchase of high-efficiency products through voluntary programs, such as ENERGY STAR®, as well as Web access to third-party-certified energy efficiency ratings.

  • Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations help Canada meet its commitments under the ecoENERGY program. The measures established under the ecoENERGY Efficiency for Equipment Standards and Labelling program encourage the efficient use of energy on an economic basis. They contribute to the competitiveness of Canada's economy while helping to achieve Canada's targets for limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • It is estimated that by the year 2010, Canada's Energy Efficiency Act and Energy Efficiency Regulations will result in an annual energy savings of 176 petajoules and a corresponding reduction in annual GHG emissions of 25 megatonnes. For example, due to the regulation of most 1 – to 200-horsepower motors in 1997, the industrial sector will be saving 9.5 petajoules annually by the year 2010. This is equivalent to the energy consumed by a small town of about 36 000 over one year for all end uses.

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations: The regulatory process

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations establish energy efficiency standards and labelling requirements for a wide range of energy-using products, with the objective of eliminating the least energy-efficient products from the Canadian market. The Regulations apply to regulated energy-using products imported into Canada or manufactured in Canada and shipped between provinces and territories.

There are also provincial energy efficiency regulations in British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

As part of the regulatory process, NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency consults stakeholders by making public its intentions and providing access for initial comment to draft proposals through bulletins . Proposed amendments are pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, giving stakeholders an official opportunity to comment.

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations: Regulated products

What products are regulated in Canada?

Today, there are over 30 products regulated for energy efficiency in Canada. For example, if your business operates or manufactures dry-type transformers electric motors, chillers, large air conditioners, large heat pumps and condensing units, packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps, fluorescent lamp ballasts, fluorescent lamps or exit signs, then this equipment is covered by Canada's Energy Efficiency Act and Regulations.

Please review the full list of regulated products to learn more about current and proposed regulations that affect your company's equipment. You can also consult Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations.

As an end-user of a regulated product, please note that the energy efficiency ratings for most regulated products are posted to the Web.

As a dealer, manufacturer or distributor of a regulated product, there are various energy efficiency reporting and import requirements. There are also EnerGuide labelling requirements for major household appliances and room air conditioners, as well as lamp labelling requirements.

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