FROM THE EDITOR:
Welcome to the October 13th edition of the Energy Management e-newsletter. Although the announcement was made almost a month ago now, the biggest news in my mind of the past month was REALpac's announcement of an aggressive national target for energy consumption in office buildings. Rather than talking about reductions in terms of percentages, they've come up with a simple goal - 20 equivalent kilowatt hours per square foot by 2015. The "20 x '15" goal - easy to remember, and relatively easy to calculate. Best of all, it's being championed by both BOMA Canada and the Canada Green Building Council. To read the article on it, click here. For a video from the launch of the program, click here. This may be a difficult type of goal to translate into other sectors, but it's worth considering how it can serve as a basis for considering the energy management challenges in industry in general.
As always, I welcome your comments on anything you read here.
Editor, Energy Management
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