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Moving Forward on Energy Efficiency in Canada: A Foundation for Action

Conclusion

The Council of Energy Ministers’ 2007 Moving Forward on Energy Efficiency in Canada is the beginning of a new era of co-operation on energy efficiency in Canada. By working together to establish a coordinated and complementary agenda for energy efficiency, federal, provincial and territorial governments will continue to develop real and sustainable energy solutions in their own jurisdictions, and collaborate on cross-cutting initiatives that require a more integrated approach.

To this end, this foundation document provides broad direction for action on energy efficiency, and contains a menu of key policy instruments and tools available to jurisdictions to allow them to meet their own policy objectives while contributing to the national energy potential at the same time. The perspective of each jurisdiction will determine which priority actions are taken in the short, medium and long term.

Canada is already a world leader in energy efficient technologies and practices, and will continue to develop and promote these initiatives. This document highlights a variety of these technologies -- from newly-emerging super-efficient technologies to the well-known but under utilized. Federal, provincial and territorial governments will continue to work with all stakeholders in the Canadian economy to realize the potential of these initiatives, including local and municipal administrations, public and private utilities, industry, financial institutions, aboriginal groups, private corporations, retailers, education organizations, and non-governmental organizations.