Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

July 30, 2009 09:43 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Applauds International Recognition in Energy Efficiency for Canadian Industry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - The Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) has been declared a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The award was presented at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Niagara Falls, New York.

"Our Government congratulates CIPEC on this achievement - the first time an organization outside the United States has been awarded this honour," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources. "For 34 years, CIPEC has been a leader in industrial power efficiency, helping Canada's environment and reducing energy costs."

Among 56 nominees, CIPEC was awarded the ACEEE Champion for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the development and implementation of energy efficiency initiatives for industry. CIPEC is a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and industry that represents more than 98 percent of all industrial energy use in Canada - more than 5,000 companies in all.

"The results this partnership has achieved speak for themselves, and show what we can accomplish when we commit ourselves to working together toward a common goal," said Glenn Mifflin, Chair of the CIPEC Executive Board and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer North Atlantic Refining. "This award belongs to everyone in the CIPEC family, in industry and in government alike, who are truly passionate about improving energy efficiency and reducing harmful emissions including greenhouse gas."

The Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, founded in 1980, is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.

Energy efficiency is a priority for the Government of Canada. Among other recent initiatives, legislation to modernize and strengthen Canada's Energy Efficiency Act received Royal Assent in May 2009. The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan invests an additional $300 million in the ecoENERGY Retrofit for Homes program, supporting the efforts of Canadians to reduce their household energy costs and emissions.

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Today, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Lisa Raitt congratulated the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) which has been declared a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). CIPEC is the first organization outside the United States to win an ACEEE award. The ACEEE Champion award recognizes CIPEC for demonstrating exceptional leadership in the development and implementation of important energy efficiency initiatives for industry.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Amending Canada's Energy Efficiency Act (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/newcom/2008/200839a-eng.php)

Further information:

Standby Power - When "Off" Means "On" (http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/energystar/english/participants/standby-power-fact.cfm)

Look for ENERGY STAR® to identify the most energy-efficient products (http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/energystar/english/consumers/most-energy-efficient.cfm)

Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447