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CIPEC Annual Report 2010

The Results

CIPEC brings exceptional value to Canadian industry while supporting Canada’s drive to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its extraordinary impact is clear – CIPEC delivers results.

  • The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) created by CIPEC industries increased 38.5 percent between 1990 and 2008. With the help of effective energy management, energy consumption by these industries rose only 26.4 percent.
  • In 2008, CIPEC industries created approximately 27 percent of the country’s GDP and provided jobs for 3.5 million Canadians.
  • CIPEC industrial sectors, represented by more than 5,000 companies, reduced their combined energy intensity by 8.8 percent between 1990 and 2008, an average of 0.5 percent per year.
  • Improved energy efficiency enabled Canadian industry to avoid approximately $3.8 billion in purchased energy in 2008 – enough energy to heat almost 4.8 million Canadian households for one year. Had energy intensity remained constant, GHG emissions from CIPEC industries would have been 37.1 megatonnes (Mt) higher.
  • The mining, manufacturing and construction sectors improved their energy intensity by an average of 1.5 percent per year. Between 1990 and 2008, these sectors improved energy intensity by 26.7 percent.
  • From the fall 1997 to March 31, 2010, the CIPEC Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops have helped companies save an estimated 15,900 terajoules of energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1,644 kilotonnes.
  • The Heads Up CIPEC newsletter was sent to 10,000 recipients across Canada. This newsletter is distributed electronically twice per month.
  • As of March 31, 2010, over 2,100 industrial facilities have signed on as CIPEC Leaders.
Energy Intensity

The mining, manufacturing and construction sectors improved their energy intensity by an average of 1.8 percent per year between 1990 and 2008. This rate surpasses the public voluntary commitment made by these CIPEC members to achieve an average annual energy intensity improvement of 1.0 percent per year.

Combined Energy Intensity

All CIPEC industries improved their combined energy intensity by 8.8 percent, or an average of 0.5 percent per year, between 1990 and 2008. If energy intensity had remained constant, GHG emissions would have been 37.1 Mt higher in 2008.