Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

January 21, 2007 11:30 ET

Canada's New Government Launches $300-Million ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 21, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, unveiled his Government's plan to invest approximately
$300 million over four years to promote smarter energy use and reduce the
amount of harmful emissions that affect the health of Canadians. At the Metro
Home Show in Toronto, the Minister announced the ecoENERGY Efficiency
Initiative, which will encourage Canadian homeowners, businesses and industry,
and the building/renovations sector to use energy more wisely.
"It's time to recognize that the largest untapped source of energy is the
energy we waste," said Minister Lunn. "I am pleased to announce that this
ecoENERGY package includes direct financial support to help Canadians, small
business and industry make wise choices that save energy and money, while
helping to clean up our environment."

The ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative has the following three components:


- The $220-million ecoENERGY Retrofit program will offer homeowners,
along with smaller businesses and organizations, the support and
information they need to retrofit their homes, buildings and industrial
processes.
- The $60-million ecoENERGY for Buildings and Houses will encourage the
construction and retrofit of more energy-efficient buildings and
houses.
- The $20-million ecoENERGY for Industry program aims to accelerate
energy-saving investments and the exchange of best practices
information within Canada's industrial sector.


"There are more than 13 million homes and 380,000 buildings in this
country. They use 30 percent of our energy and are responsible for almost
30 percent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions. Canada's industries account
for 38 percent of energy demand and are responsible for 34 percent of our
greenhouse gases," said Minister Lunn. "These are challenges that we must
address."
These ecoENERGY components are specifically designed to provide incentives
for retrofitting existing houses, small-building and industry stock, to raise
the bar for new construction, and to continue collaboration with industry on
efficiency improvements. They reinforce extensive Energy Efficiency Act
amendments already included in the Government's Clean Air Regulatory Agenda
that will tighten regulation of a wide range of consumer products and
equipment. Program details, including information about how to apply for
ecoENERGY grants, will be available when the program starts in April 2007.
Today's announcement is the third in a suite of ecoENERGY Initiatives to
help Canadians use energy more efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies
and develop cleaner-energy technologies. The other initiatives are the
$230-million ecoENERGY Technology Initiative that funds the research,
development and demonstration of clean energy technologies, and the ecoENERGY
Renewable Initiative, a $1.5-billion investment to boost Canada's
renewable-energy supplies.

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Canada's New Government has launched a $300-million ecoENERGY Efficiency
Initiative. At the Metro Home Show in Toronto today, the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, unveiled his Government's plan to promote
smarter energy use and reduce the amount of harmful emissions that affect the
health of Canadians.


The following media backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

"The ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative: Using Less. Living Better."
"Energy Efficiency Regulations."
"Tips for saving energy and money."

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at
www.nrcan.gc.ca/media .

Contact Information

  • Kathleen Olson,
    Acting Director of Communications,
    Office of the Minister,
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    (613) 996-2007