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Canada Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards for Various Products

The Canadian government has adopted a number of changes to its energy efficiency and labelling regulations in order to further improve the efficiency standards of various products, take further action against climate change, and reduce regulatory burdens through the alignment of regulatory requirements with the United States. The government believes these changes, which are estimated to result in a 1.54 megatonne annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, will provide benefits to Canadians through energy cost savings and improved environmental outcomes, which will lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and energy affordability.

The amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2016 (i) introduce minimum energy performance standards, labelling and reporting requirements for six new product categories (battery chargers, commercial pre-rinse spray valves, metal halide lamps, microwave ovens, small electric motors, and walk-in coolers and freezers); (ii) introduce more stringent minimum energy performance standards for 11 currently regulated product categories (ceiling fan light kits; commercial refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers; dehumidifiers; dry-type transformers; external power supplies; fluorescent lamp ballasts; gas furnaces; large air conditioners; large heat pumps, packaged terminal air conditioners; and oil-fired furnaces); (iii) make minor changes to existing standards, test procedures or reporting requirements for currently regulated product categories; and (iv) provide flexibility for testing requirements and remove import reporting requirements for certain product sub-categories.

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