OTTAWA, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ - Energy efficiency can save Canadians money, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean economy that includes good, middle-class jobs.
With the value of the energy efficiency market expected to grow to $550 billion by 2035, Canada has the opportunity to promote energy efficiency and deliver economic growth through investments in innovation. Through the voluntary leadership of businesses and organizations, we can see the transition to a low-carbon economy in action.
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today recognized the national winners of the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Canada Participant Awards, and the first certified ENERGY STAR commercial and institutional buildings in the country, for helping Canada build a clean energy future and address global climate change. Among the winners are two organizations and nine buildings in B.C.
The ENERGY STAR Canada Participant Awards — now in their 15th year — recognize organizations that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes available on the market in Canada. They represent utilities, manufacturers, retailers, associations and homebuilders that are helping Canadian consumers and businesses save money while also addressing climate change.
In March, the ENERGY STAR Canada program expanded to include the certification of seven types of commercial and institutional buildings, which encourages and recognizes top energy performance in commercial offices, K–12 schools, hospitals, medical offices, senior care communities and residential care facilities, supermarkets and food stores, and ice and curling rinks. The "Who will be the first?" challenge distinguishes buildings that are among the first certified buildings in Canada.
For the complete list of this year's winners, please visit 2018 Award Winner Profiles.
The Minister also announced that automotive and commercial baking sectors now have access to Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) benchmarking tools. The ENERGY STAR for Industry certification, launched in August 2017, is designed to help Canadian manufacturers reduce energy costs and remain competitive.
"Investing in the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings is one of the easiest ways to combat climate change. On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to recognize these B.C.-based businesses for their superior energy performance and ongoing leadership in improving energy efficiency in Canada."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
- Through the national Generation Energy dialogue, Canadians agreed that energy-efficient buildings and homes are a critical component in the transition to Canada's clean energy future.
- ENERGY STAR Canada is a 17-year-long energy efficiency success story. The program is a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and more than 1,500 organizations working to use our natural resources more wisely through greater energy efficiency. The program is administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.
- Behind each ENERGY STAR label is a product, home, building or industrial facility that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. ENERGY STAR is Canada's simple choice to save energy and money and protect our environment.
- 2018 Award Winner Profiles
- ENERGY STAR Canada
- ENERGY STAR certification for commercial and institutional buildings
- ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
- ENERGY STAR for Industry certification
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
For further information: Alexandre Deslongchamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 343-998-1533, [email protected]; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100