Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 07, 2011 10:30 ET

Harper Government Invests in New Energy Efficiency Initiatives

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $78 million over the next two years to create jobs in the energy sector and save Canadian homeowners money while improving energy efficiency. Today's announcement will also improve energy efficiency in buildings, industries, vehicles and consumer appliances.

"Canadians gave our Government a strong mandate to complete our economic recovery and focus on continued job growth," said Minister Oliver, speaking in Ottawa. "Support for energy efficiency is an effective way to both create high-quality jobs for Canadians and save homeowners money."

The Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan promotes job creation through investments in energy efficiency and clean energy technology. The ecoENERGY Efficiency initiatives will help improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and save money for Canadians and Canadian businesses. These initiatives are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately four megatonnes, which is the equivalent of removing over one million cars from the road.

The ecoENERGY Efficiency initiatives will implement additional standards, regulations and other cost-effective measures to help Canadians use energy more efficiently. New labelling, benchmarking, training and information sharing tools will help Canadians improve energy performance in all sectors of the economy.

These initiatives will achieve a number of objectives, such as establishing a more stringent National Energy Code for Buildings with provinces and territories, the implementation of new energy management system standards for industrial facilities and upgrade new home energy rating systems to adapt the latest technologies.

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Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $78 million over the next two years to improve energy efficiency in Canada's buildings, homes, industries, vehicles and consumer appliances. The new set of ecoENERGY Efficiency initiatives will help improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money for Canadians and Canadian businesses.

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

ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives

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

Contact Information

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    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
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