Canada Initiates Next Round of Energy Efficiency Standards Revision

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:38 -- MrGreen

Canada continues to update its energy efficiency requirements.

On March 4th, a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, launching the development of a new amendment to the country’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. After approval, Amendment 15 will be integrated into the regulations that were introduced in 1995 as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. They specify energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, and industrial energy using products.

Amendment 15 introduces standards for 6 new product categories, while increasing the efficiency for 11 existing product types shown in the table below. The overall intent is to harmonize 11 of the product categories with existing or proposed U.S. efficiency standards for similar products (subject to a Canadian market condition analysis). The 6 remaining product categories will undergo an environmental and economic impact analysis to assess moving to more stringent requirements.

Existing Product Categories

  • Battery chargers (uninterruptible power supplies)
  • Electric ranges
  • Refrigerators (wine coolers)
  • Residential oil boilers
  • Residential gas boilers1
  • Residential gas furnaces (including mobile homes)1
  • Gas fireplaces1
New Product Categories

  • Ceiling fans (air flow)
  • Tankless water heaters1

Commercial and Industrial
Existing Product Categories

  • Vending machines
  • Vertical air conditioners and heat pumps
  • Chillers
  • Walk-in coolers and freezers
New Product Categories

  • Commercial/industrial pumps
  • Commercial water heaters1
  • Commercial oil boilers
  • Commercial gas boilers1
1. These products may be considered for tighter efficiency standards than those currently in the U.S.

Technical bulletins, with the proposed product efficiency requirements, will be released in the next few weeks to collect input from representatives of industry, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders. For information on Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulation program, click here. For information on other amendment activity, click here. To download Amendment 15 details, click here.