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Efficiency Canada joins new global alliance

The international coalition seeks to accelerate energy-efficiency efforts.


August 15, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders
EE Global ForumPhoto courtesy EE Global Forum.

Efficiency Canada, a think tank based at Ottawa’s Carleton University, has joined the Energy Efficiency (EE) Global Alliance, a new international coalition.

“We are proud to join the alliance to increase the scale and speed of EE,” says Corey Diamond, the Canadian group’s executive director. “It’s time to get more aggressive.”

The announcement came as the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) convened stakeholders from around the world in June for the 12th annual EE Global Forum in Washington, D.C. Members of the EE Global Alliance (EEGA) include government, corporate and non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders, sharing a goal of implementing EE solutions commensurate with the urgency of climate change.

“Countries like ours need to work collaboratively with partners like ASE, along with industry leaders, other NGOs and international organizations, to create meaningful and lasting change,” says Joyce Henry, Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) director general for the office of EE. “Saving energy is the most affordable way to cut pollution and make our industries more cost-effective.”

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has found EE can account for more than 40% of the carbon reductions required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, but only if significant policy efforts and investments are undertaken.