Harmonizing energy efficiency standards
As part of market transformation efforts, the Government of Canada is committed to harmonizing energy efficiency standards within the country and with our international partners, such as the United States. These efforts not only improve the marketplace but also support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion a low-carbon economy.
1. Federal-provincial-territorial framework
In August 2017, Canada’s Energy Ministers advanced their commitments to tackle climate change with two key documents:
- Market transformation strategies for energy-using equipment in the building sector: Supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy [PDF - 1.13 MB]. This report outlines federal, provincial and territorial governments’ aspirational goals over the short-, medium- and long-term for energy performance in windows, space heating and water heating equipment. The report also identifies key barriers to market adoption for each equipment area and possible measures to overcome them. The goals support the broader objectives of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change [PDF - 1.97 MB]—to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote adoption and support clean technology innovation, and ultimately shift to a low-carbon economy.
- Encouraging market transformation through collaboration on energy efficiency standards: Federal-provincial-territorial action plans[PDF - 1160 KB]. This report lays out detailed plans for collaboration on energy efficiency standards, including joint priorities for new and updated standards, and areas to improve regulatory development, implementation and transparency. The document includes actions for 2017-18 and reports on the accomplishments from the 2016-17 plan.
Both these reports arise from the foundation document Encouraging Market Transformation Through Collaboration on Energy Efficiency Standards [PDF - 1.95 MB], which established a framework for federal, provincial and territorial cooperation at the 2016 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference. All are consistent with the Canadian Energy Strategy.
2. Canada-U.S. regulatory cooperation
The Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) was established in 2011 to increase regulatory coordination between Canada and the United States with the aim of reducing costs for businesses and consumers in both countries. The RCC 2014 Joint Forward Plan covers 24 initiatives, including three at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)—energy efficiency standards, natural gas transportation codes and standards, and explosives classification.
The U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, released in March 2016, also commits both countries to better align and further improve appliance and equipment standards. Further, the Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership, released in June 2016, commits Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to align a total of 10 energy efficiency standards or test procedures for equipment by the end of 2019. In February 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump reiterated their support for continued bilateral regulatory cooperation.
Under the RCC, NRCan and the U.S. Department of Energy have published a Regulatory Partnership Statement and Annual Work Plan as part of a commitment to better align Canadian and U.S. energy efficiency standards.
The Regulatory Partnership Statement formalizes the relationship between the two departments. It defines the scope of cooperation, identifies the senior executives who will manage the Statement and specifies annual joint meetings where stakeholders can provide input and Work Plans can be approved.
The Annual Work Plan describes key project elements, such as deliverables and outcomes. It will be updated annually in consultation with stakeholders at annual joint meetings.
Director, Equipment Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
Building #3, Observatory Cr.
Central Experimental Farm
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