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Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for 17 Products

The Canadian government has announced its intention to develop more stringent energy efficiency requirements for seven categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industrial products and adopt brand new standards for two categories of residential products and four categories of commercial and industrial products. The overarching goal of this initiative is to enhance environmental protections and increase energy performance standards in Canada as part of on-going efforts to create a clean economy.

More stringent energy efficiency standards are being considered for electric ranges, battery chargers (uninterruptible power supplies), residential refrigerators (wine coolers), residential oil boilers, residential gas boilers, residential gas furnaces (including mobile homes), gas fireplaces, vending machines, vertical air conditioners and heat pumps, chillers, and walk-in coolers and freezers. New standards would be adopted for ceiling fans (air flow), tankless water heaters, commercial/industrial pumps, commercial water heaters, commercial oil boilers and commercial gas boilers.

Canada is seeking to align 11 of the 17 product categories with energy efficiency standards in force or expected to be in force in the United States, subject to an analysis of Canadian market conditions. For the remaining six product categories, Canadian authorities will undertake an analysis of the environmental and economic impacts of adopting more stringent standards. Products for which Natural Resources Canada will consider more stringent standards than those in place in the United States include residential gas boilers, residential gas furnaces, gas fireplaces, tankless water heaters, commercial water heaters and commercial gas boilers.

Natural Resources Canada will consult with industry representatives, non-governmental organisations, the public and other stakeholders over the next few months and all input received will be considered during the development of a formal proposal. The agency will undertake a cost­benefit analysis using the best available Canadian market data to assess the economic and environmental impacts of the proposal and to ensure Canadian consumers and businesses benefit from its implementation. Canadian authorities intend to pre-publish a regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette by 4 March 2019.

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