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Canada Adopts New Energy Efficiency Standards for Various Products

The Canadian government has adopted new minimum energy performance standards, testing standards, and verification and reporting requirements for clean water pumps and miscellaneous refrigeration products, as well as more stringent minimum energy performance standards and/or updated testing standards for six currently regulated product categories (i.e. ceiling fans, central air conditioners and heat pumps, chillers, refrigerated vending machines, single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps, and walk-in refrigeration systems) and verification, reporting and testing requirements for portable air conditioners. Expected to result in an annual reduction of 0.36 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, these amendments will generally enter into force on 12 December.

Among other actions, for clean water pumps manufactured on or after 27 January 2020 the new rule will set the minimum energy performance standards at levels that will apply on that same date in the United States. In the case of miscellaneous refrigeration products manufactured on or after 28 October 2019, including residential wine coolers and combination coolers, the rule sets minimum energy performance standards at levels that will apply on that same date in the United States. Performance will be measured in accordance with testing standards aligned with those of the United States. The coolers and combination cooler refrigeration products will also be required to carry an EnerGuide label.

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