Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency for Equipment Standards and Labelling program builds upon the success of previous programs by supporting three integrated elements to improve the efficiency of energy-using products sold in Canada and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program will:
1) Continue to implement regulated minimum energy efficiency standards through amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations.
- These standards will eliminate the worst performing products from the Canadian marketplace. Up to 16 standards are proposed, 8 are for products which have not been previously regulated, and 8 will increase the stringency and scope of standards for already regulated products. The following products will be affected:
New Battery Charging Systems Pool Heaters Walk-in Refrigerator/Freezers HID Lamps Residential Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers Microwave Ovens Small Electric Motors Televisions More stringent Room Air Conditioners Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts Residential Dishwashers Low Voltage Dry-Type Transformers Ceiling Fan Lighting Residential Clothes Washers Residential Clothes Dryers Commercial Household-style Clothes Washers
Additional standards will be considered consistent with developments in other jurisdictions.
- This effort will include ongoing support for core activities such as standards development through the national standards system for energy efficiency and delivering an effective service-oriented compliance and enforcement regime.
2) Enhance labelling and promotion programs that have historically paved the way for the introduction of new and more stringent standards and that are closely aligned with U.S. developments.
- The enhancements include a pilot program focusing on the top tier performers of ENERGY STAR-qualified products that will be launched as “Most Efficient”. The list of products included in the “Most Efficient” pilot is: refrigerator-freezers, washing machines, central air conditioners and TVs. The “Most Efficient” pilot will include activities to highlight top performers within ENERGY STAR and use early adopters to drive the market
- The ecoENERGY Efficiency for Equipment Standards and Labelling program will continue to update and develop ENERGY STAR information material, tools and promotional and training activities. These efforts help procurement officials incorporate ENERGY STAR into purchasing decisions and demonstrate the energy and cost savings associated with choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products.
3) Accelerate the introduction of new high efficiency products to the market by providing support for product showcases, deployment and monitoring.
- Integrated systems, high performance combustion systems and advanced lighting are examples of applications that could be showcased.