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Canada Proposes New Energy Efficiency Standards for Various Products

The Canadian government is proposing 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 proposed amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2016 would (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.

Key changes to the regulations include the following.

  • Canada’s energy efficiency requirements and test procedures for battery chargers would be aligned with those of the United States that will come into effect on 13 June
  • for commercial pre-rinse spray valves manufactured on or after 27 June 2016, the Canadian compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date; for products manufactured on or after 28 June 2019, the Canadian compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned  with those of the United States that will come into effect on that date
  • for metal halide lamp ballasts, not including replacement metal halide lamp ballasts, manufactured on or after 10 February 2017, the Canadian compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date
  • for microwave ovens manufactured on or after 17 June 2016, the Canadian compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date
  • for small electric motors manufactured on or after 9 March 2015, the Canadian compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date
  • for products manufactured on or after 5 June 2017, the Canadian energy efficiency requirements, test procedures and marking for walk-in panels and walk-in door assemblies would be aligned with those of the United States
  • for walk-in refrigeration systems manufactured on or after 1 January 2020, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that will come into effect on that date
  • for ceiling fan light kits manufactured on or after 7 January 2019, more stringent energy efficiency requirements would be adopted to reduce the maximum power for lighting from 190 watts to 70 watts
  • for dehumidifiers manufactured on or after 13 June 2019, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that will come into effect on that date (this would include expanding the scope of the category to include whole-home dehumidifiers that are designed to be installed with a ducted system)
  • for dry-type transformers manufactured on or after 1 January 2016, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date
  • for external power supplies manufactured on or after 10 February 2016, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date (this would include dividing the currently regulated products into two sub-categories, “direct” and “indirect” external power supplies, and expanding the scope of the “direct” sub-category to include products with an output power greater than 250 watts, that supply multiple voltages, and that provide power to the battery chargers of motorised applications and detachable battery packs)
  • for fluorescent lamp ballast manufactured on or after 14 November 2014, the scope of the category would be expanded to align Canada’s requirements with current U.S. requirements
  • for air-cooled large air conditioners manufactured on or after 1 January 2018, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with the 2018 U.S. compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures for integrated energy efficiency ratio in addition to the currently required energy efficiency ratio
  • for water-cooled and evaporative-cooled large air conditioners manufactured on or after 1 January 2018, Canada’s energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those that have been in effect in the United States since 2013 and 2014, respectively
  • for large heat pumps manufactured on or after 1 January 2018, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with the 2018 U.S. compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures for integrated energy efficiency ratio in addition to the currently required energy efficiency ratio, as well as the heating coefficient of performance at both 8.3 °C and −8.3 °C to account for Canadian conditions
  • for packaged terminal air conditioners manufactured on or after 1 January 2017, Canada’s compliance date, energy efficiency requirements and test procedures would be aligned with those of the United States that came into effect on that date
  • water consumption limits would be added for dishwashers, clothes washers and the clothes washer function of integrated clothes washer-dryers to align with the water consumption limits in the United States
  • the scope of the energy efficiency requirements for chillers would be narrowed by excluding chillers that do not have an integral refrigerant condenser
  • the standby mode definition for the electronics (audio, video and televisions) category would be amended to clarify that the network connected standby is excluded
  • the scope of large condensing units would be limited to those with a cooling capacity of at least 40 kW (135 000 Btu/h) but not more than 70 kW (240 000 Btu/h)
  • the definitions of traffic signals would be modified to reflect nominal dimensions in line with the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ standard entitled Vehicle Traffic Control Signal Heads: Light Emitting Diode (LED) Circular Signal Supplement
  • a limited exception to import reporting for energy-using products that are incorporated into other regulated products would be provided
  • certification bodies would be given greater flexibility in determining compliance with energy efficiency standards and verifying information related to a product’s energy performance by using mathematical models
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