?Geared for Change: Energy Efficiency in Canada?s Commercial Building Sector?, a joint report from the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), was released on January 13, 2009. [more..]
In a 2006 report, the NRTEE concluded that better energy efficiency in commercial buildings was a strategic priority for achieving Canada?s long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets of 60% below 2006 levels by 2050.
Considering that commercial buildings use 14% of our end-use energy and that they are responsible for close to 13 % of Canada?s greenhouse gases ?including electricity-related emissions ? cutting down energy use in these buildings makes sense from environmental and economic perspectives.
While technologies exist to increase energy efficiency in buildings, our research indicates that their uptake needs to be complemented by government policy. That?s why, by working and sharing research with Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the NRTEE is developing a policy framework that can help maximize the use of existing technologies to stimulate energy reduction.
Our expert advisory committee is guiding this research, ensuring that ?on-the-ground? perspectives are heard. Our report will outline the current context for energy use in commercial buildings, and recommend actions the federal government should take to drive progress.
Start Date: February 2008
Report Release Date: January 13, 2009
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March 2009 Edition
March 10, 2009
Minister Lisa Raitt, Deputy Minister Cassie Doyle, and Mr. John Cockburn of Natural Resources Canada appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. The commiittee is considering Bill S-3, an Act to amend the Energy Efficiency Act.
"The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy has recently issued a report that will, I think, confirm his view that there is a lot of potential there. We can seriously reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial sector by doing a lot of the things we are doing now."
(Mr. John Cockburn, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada)