ecoENERGY Efficiency and Alternative Transportation Fuels

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The ecoENERGY Efficiency program is investing $195 million between 2011 and 2016 to maintain the Government of Canada's momentum to improve energy efficiency in Canada - at home, at work and on the road. These efforts will make the housing, building and equipment stock more energy-efficient, energy performance more visible, and industry and vehicle operations more efficient. Improving energy efficiency will contribute to a cleaner environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while saving Canadians money and making the most of our natural resources.

The ecoENERGY Efficiency program features the following components:

  • ecoENERGY Efficiency for Buildings provides information and benchmarking tools to improve building energy performance of new and existing buildings.
  • ecoENERGY Efficiency for Housing encourages the construction and retrofit of low-rise residential housing, making the stock more energy-efficient.
  • ecoENERGY Efficiency for Equipment Standards and Labelling introduces or raises energy efficiency standards for a wide range of products and promotes energy-efficient products through the ENERGY STAR® initiative in Canada.
  • ecoENERGY Efficiency for Industry aids the adoption of an energy management standard and accelerates energy-saving investments and the exchange of best practices information within Canada's industrial sector.
  • ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles provides both individual Canadians and Canada's commercial/institutional fleet sector with decision-making tools for buying and operating their vehicles to reduce fuel consumption. It also promotes vehicle efficiency by introducing improved vehicle fuel consumption labels and a light-duty tire information system.

Related Natural Resources Canada efforts include the following:

  • ecoENERGY for Alternative Fuels ($3 million between 2011 and 2016) supports the diversification of energy used in the transportation sector through education and outreach activities and codes and standards development for natural gas.
  • ecoENERGY for Biofuels (up to $1.5 billion between 2008 and 2017) supports the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel and encourages the development of a competitive domestic industry.
  • Federal Buildings Initiative helps facilitate energy efficiency retrofit projects (in buildings owned or managed by the Government of Canada) that lead to reduced energy and water use, GHG emissions and operating costs.

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