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

Introduction

Canadians know that we are fortunate to have diverse sources of energy, but only recently have they come to recognize the additional potential in reducing the energy we waste. Using energy wisely to make sure our energy supplies go further yields significant benefits for all Canadians. Consumers can benefit from significant dollar savings, pollution is reduced, and business and industry can realize increased profits and productivity.

Governments can play a vital role in advancing energy efficiency, as investors in programs that stimulate actions, and as policymakers and regulators who help shape the marketplace and reduce barriers to action.

This foundation document represents the collaborative efforts of provincial and territorial governments and the federal government, with important input from a wide cross-section of representatives from outside government, including non-governmental organizations and industry. Major energy-using sectors of the Canadian economy were examined, including industry, transportation and the built environment. While primarily a tool for governments to show leadership, it also describes many technologies and best practices available for all stakeholders, and highlights the important roles that other organizations play in promoting energy efficiency in all sectors of the Canadian economy.