27 April 2012
Canada Implements New Energy Efficiency Standards for Various Products
The Canada Border Services Agency recently announced the entry into force on 12 April of Amendment 11 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, which establishes new minimum energy efficiency standards and associated reporting and compliance requirements for (1) standby performance of compact audio products, television and TV combination units (and reporting only of TV on mode) and video products; (2) external power supplies; (3) digital TV adaptors; (4) electric boilers; and (5) single package vertical air-conditioners and heat pumps. Amendment 11 also expands the scope of products such as electric motors, dry-type transformers and large air conditioners.
Under the Energy Efficiency Regulations, dealers (importers and manufacturers) must ensure that the prescribed product meets the energy efficiency standard specified in the regulations and bears an energy efficiency verification mark. Dealers must file an energy efficiency report with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) for the prescribed product before it is imported into Canada or shipped inter-provincially. They are also required to electronically provide the following five data elements when importing regulated products: name of product, model number, brand name (if any), address of the importing dealer, and purpose of the importation (for sale or lease in Canada without modification, for sale or lease after being modified to comply, or for use as a component in any other product to be exported from Canada). Finally, dealers must ensure that an EnerGuide label or lighting product label is affixed to the product if required.
The notice adds that the Energy Efficiency Regulations continue to apply to regulated products if they are incorporated into or sold with a larger unit or machine even when that unit or machine is not a regulated product (e.g., a laptop with an external power supply, a pump containing a regulated motor, or fluorescent fixtures that contain regulated ballasts). Although data elements required upon importation are mandatory for regulated energy-using products, if dealers provide NRCan with energy efficiency reports and details on both the end-use product and the incorporated regulated energy-using products prior to importation the CBSA will accept the required five data elements for the end-use product only.