St. Andrews, N.B.—Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr today announced the launch the Energy Star for Industry program.
The program is an expansion of the existing Energy Star Canada voluntary program among the Government of Canada and more than 1,500 organizations that provides certification to products that meet certain efficiency standards.
“ENERGY STAR for Industry will help Canadian industrial facilities reduce energy use and save money, helping Canada meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change,” said Carr at the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in New Brunswick.
Canada’s industrial sector contributes approximately 37 percent of the country’s GHG emissions. The Energy Star for Industry program is aimed at improving energy efficiency in Canada’s industrial sector by helping facilities track, analyze and reduce their energy consumption, improving operating costs and competitiveness
The industrial certification provides energy performance indicators (EPI) that can be used to benchmark industrial facilities’ energy performance.
The Integrated Steel Mill EPI is the first to be available in Canada. Additional EPIs are being developed to expand the program for Industry certification to include commercial baking, automotive assembly and cement and fertilizer manufacturing in Canada.
“Energy efficiency is key to a clean and prosperous Canadian economy. The CSPA is proud of the work of its members in helping to bring ENERGY STAR for Industry to Canada,” said Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA).
In December 2016, Canada adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF), a commitment to take action on industrial energy efficiency and accelerate the adoption of energy management systems. The PCF highlights that improving industrial energy efficiency is needed to help set the path for long-term clean growth and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Certification from the program recognizes individual facilities with energy performance determined to be among the best within their industries in Canada. Industrial facilities that score in the top quartile “best-in-class” can apply for certification and recognition.