March 2, 2017
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI) recently announced that Amendment 13 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations had been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. This is a significant milestone for Natural Resources Canada’s continued work under its Forward Regulatory Plan 2016-18.
The amendment to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, which comes into effect June 28, 2017, will increase energy performance standards for 20 products, including air conditioning units and chillers; heat pumps; furnaces fireplaces and unit heaters; boilers; gas- and oil-fired water heaters; and commercial refrigeration.
According to NRCan. the amendment will save Canadians about $1.8 billion in energy costs by 2030 and result in the reduction of about 0.7 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in that year. This will also help to align Canada’s energy efficiency standards with those of the United States by 2020, as agreed by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in the March 2016 Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership.
The amendment to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published on December 28, 2016, in the Canada Gazette Part II, following a 75-day public comment period. The regulations reflect input from business and consumer stakeholder organizations, specifically HRAI and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating. www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/regulations-codes-standards/18419