OTTAWA, Oct. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Energy efficiency is an effective tool for helping consumers and businesses save money, while ensuring Canada meets its climate change objectives.
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, today issued the following statement on the first annual ENERGY STAR® Day in Canada:
"Today, we are marking the 15-year anniversary of the ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada by celebrating our country's first ENERGY STAR Day. It's the most popular energy efficiency information tool for Canadians and is a recognizable symbol that lets consumers instantly identify high-efficiency products in lighting, appliances, electronics and new homes.
"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with organizations through the ENERGY STAR program, to help Canadian consumers save money on their energy bills, and to promote energy efficiency. From 2013 to 2015, Canadians saved enough energy using ENERGY STAR products to power almost two million cars for a year.
"The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency can provide almost half of the total reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed by 2030 to limit the rise in average global temperature to less than two degrees Celsius, the international objective that 195 countries around the world, including Canada, agreed to at Paris Climate Conference one year ago.
"Canadian consumers' continued uptake of more energy-efficient lifestyles and efficient products and new homes like those with the ENERGY STAR certification will help Canada reach the ambitious climate change targets we set out for ourselves and demonstrate our continued commitment to climate leadership in the world.
"On this inaugural ENERGY STAR Day, we encourage all Canadians to make a commitment to save energy and protect the environment."
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
For further information: Alexandre Deslongchamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, 343-292-6837; Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100